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Rev. Dr Oliver A. Lyseight – Historic Blue Plaque Unveiling

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African Caribbean community is celebrated
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Learning from the legacy of Bernie Grant
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Award for Patrick Vernon community activist

Community activist and Windrush campaigner has been honoured by the University of Wolverhampton.

Patrick Vernon has a 25-year track record working in health and care, and led the campaign for Windrush Day and amnesty for the Windrush Generation.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

The award was presented in recognition of Patrick’s contribution to the voluntary and public sector over a number of years and in particular his historical work around family genealogy and identity of migrant communities particularly African and Caribbean communities.

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Windrush Commemoration - 70 Years

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Windrush Commemorative magazine 2018
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We provide personal narratives, insight, comments and reflections highlighting the Windrush Generation who came to Britain to those born in the Millennium and the diversity of migration over the last 70 years from the Commonwealth and Europe.Read Magazine

June marks 70 years since the start of the postwar immigration boom. A national holiday would be a fitting tribute, says campaigner Patrick Vernon. The Windrush shaped Britain. Why not recognise that? Guardian newspaper


Every Generation Game: Windrush Edition is a storytelling board game designed to keep the experiences and stories of the Windrush Generation alive. It has been created to help families, friends and communities share their heritage, history, identity and culture through the telling of stories.

As result of migration and the changing diversity of Britain, everyone's personal and family history are interconnected to world and national events. The game is a fun way for everyone, irrespective of age, ethnicity and identity, to learn, share and reminisce about the social, economic and political change in Britain over the last 100 years.

On 22nd June 2018 we celebrate Windrush Day, marking 70 years since the MV Empire Windrush docked in Britain bringing Caribbean passengers invited to help ease labour shortages following World War 2. This marked the beginning of post war migration in Britain, and they became known as the Windrush Generation.

To celebrate this anniversary, a new storytelling board game has been launched by Patrick Vernon OBE, family history historian, founder of Every Generation Media and Windrush Generation campaigner, in partnership with educational games specialist Focus Games Ltd.

I have been campaigning for a national day called Windrush Day and launched the 2018 petition for the Windrush Generation to be recognised as British citizens, and to receive compensation for financial issues and emotional trauma because of the threat of deportation from Britain. I hope that the Windrush Game will raise awareness of the Windrush Generation and also the migration history of Britain which will help ensure that people’s stories are shared and remembered.” Patrick Vernon OBE

Patrick has been working with Focus Games since 2017 to develop the game and ensure that stories of the Windrush generation are shared, enjoyed and remembered. Every Generation Game: Windrush Edition is now available to pre-order, with 20% of proceeds going to The Windrush Justice Fund.

The Every Generation Game: Windrush Edition is an educational resource which can be used in schools, community groups and heritage organisations to support learning about the history and diversity of Britain.

Picture and timeline cards in the game illustrate key moments in history, highlighting the contributions of migrants to the development of multicultural Britain from 1900 to the present day. These encourage players to share personal stories inspired by what they see or come up with imaginative tales sparked by the people and events depicted. Players vote for their favourite story after each round of storytelling, with the winner moving up a level on the board.

For more information, ideas of how to use the game, and to order a copy, visit www.windrushgame.co.uk

The Reader: We should designate a day to celebrate the Windrush’s arrival View story Like you, I was outraged by the news about the Windrush generation – but you haven't heard the half of it View story Support Windrush Petitions
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100 Great Black Britons Campaign 2017 - 2019



Launch of the Mary Seacole exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum

It’s been 14 years since the initial launch of 100 Great Black Britons, when in 2004, Mary Seacole was voted the Greatest Black Briton of all time. Every Generation Media, in partnership with Sugar Media Marketing Limited, are relaunching 100 Great Black Britons in 2017. Over the last decade there has increasing demand for a follow up campaign and list; however, in the wake of the Brexit referendum decision, the 100 Great Black Britons campaign is even more important than ever, to ensure the continued legacy and achievement of Black people in Britain. Furthermore, during the last 14 years, academics and independent scholars have discovered new Black British historical figures, and there has been an emergence of new role models and icons since 2004.

The campaign will also provide an opportunity for reassessment and reflection what makes a Great Black Briton and how do we recognise unsung heroes who may not have the profile and the coverage about their impact and legacy?

We believe the new campaign has the potential to further educate, inform and advance the contribution of Black people in Britain and inspire a new generation of role models and achievers.

Nominations for new site coming in 2019

To start the process of selecting the Great Black Briton, nominations are now open under the following categories:

1. 100 Great Black Britons of all time 2. Unsung Heroes and Community Champions 3. International: Supporting the UN Decade of African Descent (2015-2024)
  • Female
  • Male
  • LGBTQ
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Under 30
  • Over 30
  • Windrush Generation 70+
Anyone in your community, neighbourhood, occupation or sector who works/volunteers beyond the normal call of duty but has no regional or national profile
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Caribbean
  • Indian Subcontinent
  • Middle East
  • Oceania
  • North America
  • South America
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You can nominate as many individuals as you wish in any category, by clicking above

We are looking nominations across the following sectors:
Faith, music, politics, academics, social justice/civil rights, sports, entertainment, community development, entrepreneurship, arts and film, heritage and culture, creative industries literature and theatre, medicine health and, social care, science and technology, public sector, equalities, housing, education, corporate, financial services etc.
The closing date for your nominations will be 31st of March 2019. Voting begins on Windrush Day 22 June 2019, with results announced 1st of October 2019
We are looking for sponsors and advertisers to support the campaign as we plan for a new website to support the voting platform and new biographies, magazine, schools pack and awards ceremony please contact Abdul Rob, Ian Thomas or Patrick Vernon.




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