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Thank you, I.W. of Prospero, for a very touching piece. And the pictures attached are priceless.
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Eager to learn more, I did some reading and came up with some adjunct material -
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Onyekachi Wambu, editor of Empire Windrush - Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain, a tract written to accompany the BBC program on Windrush season, Summer 1998, wrote: 

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“Black writers have been at the forefront of unravelling the economic and psychological relationships at the heart of the Empire, from Olaudah Equiano to Ignatius Sancho in the 18th century… [the writings] have been about the recovery of *self*, through autobiographical narratives…. as well as being campaign tracts against slavery… through a first person insistence on, their own humanity…” [asterisks mine]
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“By the time of the arrival of the Windrush at Tilbury Docks on June 21st 1948, there had been much change in the Empire itself and in the attitude of the people from the colonies. Britain was recovering from an exhausting and ruinous war, which had sapped her will to hang onto her former colonies. Already in 1947, India and Pakistan had gained independence. The Windrush pioneers were thus coming 'home', to a place that was rapidly changing. They were to become the important harbingers of profound transformation in post-empire Britain. And the writers who joined the successive waves of arriving migrants were going to be at the forefront of writing about this massive change in attitudes and landscape.”
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There is a lot more on the Windrush experience in the BBC program for folks who find history not only relevant to the present, but is a continuing harbinger of the future - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/literature_01.shtml
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