Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of the ‘Windrush Nation’ – the modern UK Black community, encompassing the pioneers and all future generations, and to mark the occasion Reach Society and Life Radio UK have joined forces on a couple of initiatives, starting with ‘Milestones’.
Mike and Dwain are joined by a few esteemed guests to review and pay tribute to the achievers and contributors in the UK Black community across nearly eight decades since 1948.
The series is being launched at a press conference on Monday 12 December at 11:00 am, at the Warren Centre, Basement 1-8 Suffolk House, Whitfield Place, London W1T 5JU (Nearest Tube: Warren Street).
He goes on to say, “This is by no means an exhaustive list, and with each episode comes a call-to-action for listeners to submit their milestone nominations, including themselves, for subsequent series.”
Dr Dwain Neil OBE said: “The unveiling of the National Windrush Monument in June of this year was the trigger that inspired the question – what are the other milestones in our modern Black community? And it was not long before my research produced several more from the decade of the UK arrival of the Windrush pioneers to the extraordinary contributions of their grandchildren in the present day. The range of our milestones filled me with a deep sense of pride and are a source of cultural esteem. I believe that others will also be inspired by them.”
The series runs for nine weeks, starting on 19 December at 9am, online at https://www.liferadio.uk, the Radioplayer App (Search for Life Radio UK), and DAB Radio (Channel 9A) in North Birmingham. The podcasts will be available on Spotify shortly after broadcast.Editors Notes
In 2017 Reach Society won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary groups). Since its founding, the Society has impacted roughly 33,500 young people across the UK and has written and published a collection of six inspirational books. It has put in place collaborations for the benefit of young people, such as the Durham STEP (Space to Explore Potential), designed to offer summer school places to talented British Black year-12 pupils at the prestigious Durham University.
The idea started in 2018 and has created several undergraduate places at Durham, the fifth oldest university in England. Since 2019 it has spearheaded the annual Windrush Day Thanksgiving Gatherings across the UK in the period from Windrush Day (22 June) to the Sunday following. Visit the website for more information – https://www.reachsociety.com