An Evening with Dr Velma McClymont in recognition of Windrush Day

Date and Time: 
Wed, 29/06/2022 - 18:30 - 20:00

Online Event

Join us to learn more about the first hand experiences of a member of the Windrush Generation

Between 1948 and 1970, nearly half a million people moved from the Caribbean to Britain, which in 1948 faced severe labour shortages in the wake of the Second World War. Those who came to the UK around this time were later referred to as "The Windrush generation".

Community Alliance Lewisham (CAL) are pleased to invite Dr Velma McClymont , an internationally respected poet, writer and women's activists to share some of her vast knowledge and experiences of life during the Windrush years to the modern day.

This event is taking place to mark 74 years since the first migration and assimilation into Britain of the Windrush generation. Dr Velma has also conducted postgraduate research work on the Transatlantic slave trade in Barbados, Jamaica, the USA, St Lucia and in the UK, especially in Glasgow. This has led her to write a 3 volume historical book entitled Little River and volume one has now been published. During this event the following topics will be covered:

1) Dr Velma's arrival in England during the 1960s & the challenges she faced

2)Exploring the importance of her parents’ home as a hub for the local community

3) Maintaining a sense of identity and resilience within the UK and reflecting on lessons learnt during this period of time

4) Highlighting Windrush immigrants and their contributions across different sectors of the UK workforce

5) Promoting Dr Velma's new historical novel, Little River - volume 1