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Windrush Stories

Jun 30, 2020

Diane Abbott was born in London to Jamaican parents.

In 1987 she made history, becoming the first Black woman to be elected to parliament in Britain.

She served as Shadow Home Secretary and is the longest-serving Black MP in the history of the House of Commons.

Jun 22, 2020

Professor Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England, the son of a Jamaican nurse and Bajan postal worker.

He is a poet, novelist, lecturer, activist, musician, TV and radio presenter.

Jun 22, 2020

Sister Ina Spence was born in Trelawny, Jamaica. She moved to Manchester, England in her late teens and worked as a nurse and senior midwife for over 40 years, delivering hundreds of babies.

Sister Spence was recorded by Rachel Ross, one of the mothers she took wonderful care of, during her career.

Jun 22, 2020

Cecil Wright was born in 1933 in St Elizabeth, Jamaica.

Known as Cec, he was a fast bowling cricketer who played for the national team and also for clubs across the Lancashire leagues, starting with Crompton, after moving to the UK in 1959.

Cec retired in 2019 aged 85, after 60 years of playing. His final club was...

Jun 22, 2020

Jamz Supernova is a DJ and broadcaster from London. She's of Jamaican-Cuban-Irish heritage.

Jamz is known for her popular BBC Radio 1Xtra and British Council radio shows, her Future Bounce record label and nights, and for her passion for supporting alternative Black music styles.