National Windrush Day

Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. Since then, National Windrush Day has been celebrated across the country every year on 22 June, to celebrate the incredible contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants to the UK.

 

Race Council Cymru and the Black History Cymru Elders marked the 70th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush arrival in Wales at the Senedd and the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room in the Guildhall to acknowledge the contribution the Windrush generation have made to our country.

 

The leader of the House, Julie James hosted the celebration, as part of a week of events to mark Refugee Week, to commemorate Windrush Day and recognise its wide historic and present-day significance.

National Windrush Day 2021
National Windrush Day 2020

Led by the Windrush Cymru Elders in partnership with and part funded by Welsh Government, supported by the Royal Navy and the Royal Commonwealth Society Wales and delivered together with organisations across Wales:

South Wales Jamaican Society; Caribbean Heritage Cymru; Age Alive; Nigerians in Wales Association; African Community Centre; Congolese Development Project; Llanelli Multi-Cultural Network; Wrexham African Community; CLPW (Portuguese Language Community of Wrexham); North Wales Africa Society; North Wales Jamaican Society; NWAMI; Armed Forces; Royal Airforce;  Ali Abdi and National BAME Youth Forum

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National Windrush Day 2019

National Windrush Day 2019 event in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay, sponsored by Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip to celebrate the contributions made by the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

 

The event was hosted by Uzo Iwobi OBE, with speakers from Windrush Cymru Elders (their current sponsors representative from RWCMD), Black History Patrons, representatives of Betty Campbell MBE (daughter and granddaughter) plus an Empire Windrush soldier John Brock MBE, was programmed to speak but unfortunately was too unwell on the day to take part. The Traditional Ancestral Tribute was delivered by Cliff De Pass and presentations by Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Vaughan Gething AM, Rt Hon Alun Michael JP, Judge Ray Singh CBE, Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council, Vinita Templeton, Director of Public and Immigration Law, Hilary Brown, Gaynor Legall, Chair of CHC, and Dr Adeola Dewis, Heritage Lead for the Windrush Heritage Project, Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History.

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