Windrush – The Untold Story
In our world today around 140 million people are part of the African Diaspora. These people are descendents of the Africans who were enslaved and mistreated between the 16th to 19th centuries during the transatlantic slave trade.
Windrush the untold story is an exhibition produced by the Ambassador charting the history of the African experience in the Diaspora through the eyes of a Rastafari man who was born in England, the journey from Africa, the hardships of the Caribbean, following his own family’s struggles of migration to England, and the quest to return and resettle in Africa.
The exhibition displays ancient ebony carvings from Africa, stamps, coins, medals and memorabilia reflecting Ethiopia as Africa’s last stronghold and the Caribbean involvement against colonialism, as well as rare books expressing idea’s on World Peace & International Morality for mankind.
The exhibition is currently on show in the Birmingham central Library, below is a piece highlighting what is explored throughout the exhibition 24th May – 30th Jjune
WINDRUSH 1 – Africa a Joyful continent exploited by colonialist and their desire to own the world in 1562. It tells of the great historical events which brought Redemption to Africa 1896, and the world, and how it led to WW1. How International Morality suffered at the League of Nations in 1936 while Ethiopia awaited “Divine Justice”. The promised landgrant which was granted in 1947 to African Caribbean people which fought for Ethiopia during the Ethiopian – Italian war between 1935 – 1941 which led into WW2
WINDRUSH 2 – Tells the story of how African Caribbean people which had struggled in the failing economy of the Caribbean islands were invited to come and help to rebuild britain in 1948 after WW2. The migration of famalies into a hostile world of “No blacks, No Dogs, No Irish.”
Experiencing lost hope, lost dreams & rejection, living with the threat of “Rivers of Blood”.
WINDRUSH 3 – Forward to Africa tells about the young people in britain choosing Rastafari’s conscious message of “Peace & Love” in the early 1970’s, and the rediscovering of their African identity. Sharing a snapshot of life in England as Rastafari youths, the music, culture, dreadlocks, trial & tribulations. The return journey of the windrush children to the African continent, the acceptance, the joy, the welcome. The Ethiopian Rastafari Ambassador “Ras Seenaa Habte Wold” and the building of the G.A.D.A centre for sustainable growth & development in Africa.
“There is no British history without the history of empire. I am here because you were there.
My ancestors were not British subjects because they came to Britain.
They were British subjects because Britain came to them and sold them into slavery.”
DAVID LAMMY, Labour MP, 30th April 2018
The negative and traumatic effects of the treatment which continued for most enslaved Africans up until the 20th century still exists across the world today, many suffer in severely disadvantaged and violent communities in countries that in some ways will always remain foreign to them.
THE EXHIBITION OPENING DAY
Ambassado-Ras-Seenaa-Habtewold-with Paul Rose & Vanley Burke
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