Since the late 1998 the 22nd June has been a day on which the contributions of people from the Caribbean to UK life have been celebrated. It marked the disembarkation of migrant passengers from the RMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury on 22 June 1948. This first Windrush Day webinar highlights the many personal, cultural and military ties between this region and the Caribbean.
Chaired by Karen Okra, the panellists include Gifty Burrows (Founder of the Africans in Hull and East Yorkshire Project), Dr Nicholas Evans (Senior Lecturer in Diaspora at the University of Hull), and Catherine Ross and Lynda-Louise Burrell (Founders of Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum). Closing remarks will be provided by Councillor Aneesa Akbar, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Hull City Council.
This Freedom Festival Talk has been arranged by the University of Hull in partnership with Wilberforce House Museum, Hull Libraries, Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, Hull City Council, Museum and, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum and the Hull Afro Caribbean Association.
This film is available to watch until 5 September 2021
“Hull is often thought of as a place that the Windrush Generation missed. Yet from the very beginning of large-scale Caribbean migration Hull was a destination people from the Caribbean wanted to establish a new life in. It is a pleasure to be able to bring this Freedom Festival Talk to the Freedom 2021. In partnership with organisations across the city, we celebrate the many contributions the Caribbean diaspora have made, and continue to make, to our great city.” (Dr Nicholas Evans, University of Hull)