Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson - He was killed in March 1941 in the London Blitz while performing with his band, The West Indian Orchestra. Johnson, came to Britain from Guyana at age fifteen and was on his way to changing the British music industry. He was well-established throughout the UK due to his regular appearances on BBC radio and was famous when he died at age 26.
Rounders.....i was horrible at it so the teacher would put me so far away in the field that i'd sit around picking daisies and examining hedgerows for blackberries....one time i even got forgotten when the game ended and the class left without me.....bastards!
Cy Grant, musician, author, artist joined the RAF in 1943. Shot down over Holland, he was incarcerated in a German POW camp and escaped to Brussels in 1945. Click for his memorable story… “I came to Britain from Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1941 to join the Royal Air Force. Just one year before, no 'man of colour' would have been allowed to join; but crises change attitudes and... in 1953 I was actually commissioned, becoming one of the very few black Officers in the RAF..."
The first public statue of a black woman in England, Bronze Woman was the brainchild of a black woman: Guyanese poet and local resident Cécile Nobrega. Based on and named after her own poem, Bronze Woman took 10 years of planning, fundraising and determination by Nobrega and other groups and individuals who wanted to mark the struggles faced by Afro-Caribbean women, as well as their contribution to society.
Novelist, poet and esteemed headteacher Beryl Gilroy passed away in April 2001. But her pioneering story, her numerous novels and children’s books, and her legacy as one of Britain’s first Black headteachers live on.
In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie” - the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many of the indentured, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. #Books #History #Caribbean