The year 2023 marks a significant milestone in British history—the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks in 1948. This momentous event brought 500 passengers from the Caribbean, leaving an indelible mark on modern Britain.
Today, on June 22, 2023, we join together to commemorate Windrush Day, a day that holds immense symbolism in recognising the invaluable contributions of Black British individuals and the broader post-war migration that shaped the fabric of our nation. It is a celebration of the pioneers who paved the way for a more diverse and inclusive society.
As we embark on the Windrush 75th anniversary year, we are presented with a tremendous opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about the past, present, and future of modern Britain. It is a national moment of reflection and appreciation.
So, let’s continue to honor the original Windrush Pioneers and amplify public recognition of their immense contributions. Equally important is our commitment to deepening public understanding of the rich history of race and migration to Britain, spanning across the decades.
In ACISS, we commemorate 75 years of Windrush, celebrating the vibrant legacy of Black British pioneers and exploring the profound impact they have had on our society. Together, let us shape a future that upholds diversity, inclusivity, and unity.