Hubert Howard has died three weeks after being granted British citizenship, 59 years after arriving in UK
Many people from the Windrush generation have been told recently that they do not belong in Britain. Some have been detained and faced deportation. But they are no strangers to feelings of unbelonging. These often feature strongly in their stories of early life in Britain.
Most travelled with high expectations of what they regarded as the “mother country”. In interviews for my research, one Caribbean woman recalled: “When we were in school we were taught that England was the mother country. It supports its own, it looks after us”. Another felt loyalty towards England because “It was really the mother country and being away from home wouldn’t be that terrible because you would belong”.
Many also had a strong sense of their Britishness. Walter Lother, who came from Jamaica thought of his journey as migration within a common British world. He said:
When I came here I didn’t have a status as a Jamaican. I was British, and going to the mother country was like going from one parish to another. You had no conception of it being different.
Sam King came to Britain on the Empire Windrush. For him, being British was crucial to the enterprise
You could not be good on your own. Your good was no good. Your good had to be British.
Source: Windrush generation: the history of unbelonging : The Conversation
ITV tonight are broadcasting a documentary about Mary Seacole, one of the Victorian heroines you don’t hear about. The blurb in the Radio Times for the documentary runs
In the Shadow of Mary Seacole
The contribution of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse of Scottish and African descent, to caring for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War has been increasingly acknowledged over recent years. Actor David Harewood embarks on a highly personal journey of discovery as he follows the creation of a statue of the woman who has always been a heroine to him.
The programme’s on at 10.40 today, 18th October 2016.
Seacole was as big a heroine in her time as the nurse everyone’s heard of, Florence Nightingale. There were mass petitions and crowds gathered to see her honoured, and it’s a very sore point with many Black activists that she has been so comprehensively forgotten. They see…
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∑: This is a beautiful waterfall hidden in the hills or St Andrew. It is a small trek from the road (Civilization) but it is totally worth it.
Photo: Bowden Falls
Location: St Andrew, Jamaica
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