This year marks the 5th national Windrush Day and 74 years since more than 500 Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, upon the request of the British Government, arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, to help rebuild Britain after World War II. An estimated half a million people made their way to England.
Since the SS Empire Windrush docked on 22 June 1948, those who arrived on the ship and their descendants have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services, but in enriching our shared social, economic, cultural and religious life.
The Windrush Generation were met with racism and intolerance and, even years later, their citizenship was still being wrongly denied. Windrush Day was first introduced in 2018 and is a chance to honour the generation that helped build the society we know today, while also understanding the hardships and sacrifices they have endured.