Windrush Day 2023 - celebrating 75 years of Black British history

Olive Jones, 22 June 2023

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Windrush Day. This is a day to celebrate the arrival of the Empire Windrush in Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948. The ship carried 1027 Caribbean people who had come to the UK to help rebuild the country after the Second World War.

The Windrush passengers were full of hope and excitement about their new life in the UK.  However, the Windrush generation faced many challenges when they arrived to their new home, including racism, discrimination, and poverty. However, they persevered and overcame adversity, and made significant contributions to British society in all areas, from helping to build the NHS and rail network to the arts, food and music.

Windrush Day is now a recognised day in the UK. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of the Windrush generation and their descendants and to reaffirm our commitment to a diverse and inclusive society.

Here are some ways to celebrate Windrush Day:

  • Attend a local Windrush Day event - Many communities across the UK are hosting events to celebrate Windrush Day. These events will feature music, food, and cultural performances.
  • Learn about the Windrush generation - There are many resources available to learn more about the Windrush generation. You can read books, watch films, or visit museums. You can also learn more by viewing BBC bitesize topics about the Windrush
  • Get involved in your community - There are many ways to get involved in your community and help to create a more inclusive society. You can volunteer, donate to a charity, or simply start a conversation about race and diversity.

I’m very proud of my Caribbean heritage and the contribution that we have made and continue to make to British society. 

Thank you to all the Windrush passengers who paved the way 75 years ago today, for many more Caribbean’s to follow their dreams. The Windrush generation is an inspiration to us all. They showed us what is possible when we work together and overcome adversity. On Windrush Day, let us all celebrate their achievements and reaffirm our commitment to a more inclusive society.