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Black History Month: Windrush

  • Sapphire Community Group, We Work 145 City Road (map)

Sapphire Community Group invites you to commemorate the Black history month by attending a panel discussion about the Windrush generation. June 1948 saw the arrival of many West Indian immigrants, that came aboard the 'Empire Windrush' and settle in Britain, to help with the post-war labour shortage.

A panel consisting of a member from the London Metropolitan Archives and Sapphire Community Activists will discuss the important contributionWindrush generation has made to UK political and cultural life. There will be a Q and A at the end, for you to take part to engage.

This event is a way for people to engage, self-reflect and make positive changes within our society.


Black History Month was created by historian, Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) in the US. He wanted to challenge preconceptions at the time that 'the negro has no history' and founded The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which encouraged scholars and historians to research and preserve black history and culture.

In February 1926, Woodson founded Negro History Week.

It was later decided that a week wasn't long enough and against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, and the Black Power Movement, Black History Month was born in 1969.

It wasn't long before word about Black History Month made its way to the UK.

Earlier Event: October 28
Later Event: November 18