Mona Baptiste (left), Benjamin Zephaniah (middle) and Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow (right)Mona Baptiste (left), Benjamin Zephaniah (middle) and Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow (right)
Mona Baptiste (left), Benjamin Zephaniah (middle) and Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow (right) | Credit: Getty Images

Windrush Day 2023: 10 famous figures and descendants from Windrush generation

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush, we’ve taken a look at some notable figures and descendants from that generation.

Windrush Day commemorates the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in Britain, with more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean on board - the ‘Windrush generation’.

This year’s Windrush Day marks 75 years since the arrival of the Windrush, and there are many events honouring the occasion. Windrush Day occurs on June 22 every year and celebrates the cultural and societal contributions made by the migrants from the Caribbean community that made Britain their home.

It is estimated that around 500,000 people living in the UK are part of the Windrush Generation, who arrived between 1948 and 1971.

They arrived not only seeking work, but also the promise of a better life in Britain. However, whilst jobs were plentiful, for many the experience of assimilating was fraught with hostility, intolerance and racism.

In 2018, the Windrush scandal came to light, which saw at least 83 British-Caribbeans wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office, which adds further hurt to their story.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush, we’ve taken a look at some notable figures and descendants from that generation, many of whom have campaigned for better rights for migrants (both first and second generation) from the Caribbean community in the UK.

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