Windrush at 70: how Britain’s Caribbean community fought for their dignity

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A report by Tristan Fane Saunders for London’s Telegraph.

A new exhibition celebrates the inspiring music and literature of the Windrush generation

Two years ago, when the British Library decided to stage an exhibition about the Windrush generation, there was no inkling of the political maelstrom to come. Now it could not be more timely, opening just weeks after the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd, following the Government’s admission that “terrible mistakes” had been made in its treatment of the Caribbean immigrants who arrived to live in the UK from 1948 onwards.

Featuring photographs, rare audio recordings, first drafts of famous novels, and letters by some of Britain’s most acclaimed black writers, the show highlights the optimism of the new arrivals and their fight for equality in the face of racial discrimination.

It also reignites the feeling of injustice that was provoked by the actions of the…

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