Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire is facilitated by the Global Warwickshire Collective (GWC), a collective of activists, academics and engagement practitioners who are locally minoritised, yet part of a Global Majority. We are interested in decolonising and uncovering the 'glocal' histories of Warwickshire and its connections to the wider Empire.
Dr Meleisa Ono-George
Director of Student Experience and Senior Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History. History Department, University of Warwick
I am a historian of the Caribbean and British Empire interested in questions of power, agency, race and the production of history. My current research interest centres on these questions, particularly they relate to Afro-Caribbean communities in Britain. One of the crucial questions for me is who gets to determine the focus in research of Black British history and who gets to construct and shape the national narrative? The Windrush Strikes Back project is important for several reasons, one of which is its focus on community-engaged history, the production of history that is determined by the community for the community. By involving community from the onset of the research, I hope that this project can make critical intervention and pose a challenge to exclusivity and lack of diverse perspectives within the field of academic history.
Black Conscious Coventry (BCC)
Black Conscious Coventry (BCC) is a community based organisation formed by Cherelle Harding, Nathaniel Prescod, Jerome Lammy and Jerome Prescod.
BCC hosts events which offer thought provoking topics and explores historical and contemporary issues that affect the Black Community. These discussions will sort to find tangible solutions to the challenges that the community faces.Our vision is to make a positive impact within Coventry. The mission is to Educate, Motivate, Unite and raise the consciousness of the African and Caribbean community within Coventry.
We got involved in ‘Windrush Strikes Back’ as we are passionate about exploring and sharing the experiences of the Windrush Generation and how their experiences have impacted on the generations that followed them. Britain’s historical amnesia is no accident. It has caused tremendous damage to our community and therefore we were emboldened to be part of a project that not only provides vital self-esteem but also tackles the lack of historical accuracy to our contribution, within Warwickshire in particular. We believe that intergenerational conversations between old young are integral to community development and cohesiveness.
Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins
Lecturer in Global Sustainable Development
I am Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (@Leon_Ayo). I work on issues relating to social and environmental justice; equality; and social sustainability. I have conducted research in the Caribbean looking at the effects of climate change as they are amplified by post-colonial and neo-colonial exploitation. This project is important because of the need to learn from our elders and peers how they have survived and thrived in the face of open hostility. This is even more important now that we see an upsurge in explicit racial violence. It is also crucial as we face widespread environmental damage and the unravelling of the socio-ecological systems on which we many relied for a degree of stability. The project is also important for the opportunities that it will offer to people who are able to be an active part of telling these neglected stories, learning about forgotten pasts. I have been working with various of the project team in different ways for the past few years. This project is a great opportunity for us to collaborate more formally, and I am very excited about the range of experiences, interests, and expertise that we have on the project. I hope that we continue the work of others of challenging one-sided stories of local (and global) history.
Dr Lara Choksey
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter.
My work has become committed to decolonial practices – in what I research, the ways in which I move through it, and the collaborations this opens up. I’m involved in Windrush Strikes Back for several reasons: it takes approaches to local history that resist colonialism in the everyday by identifying how its infrastructures – national, global, local – continue to shape the ways we live together. It is focused on enabling inter-generational conversations on the ongoing legacies of Windrush in the Midlands in a way that can be shared between different regions. And it is weaving a web of affinities between descendants of the Windrush generation who want to take an active role in supporting the next generation to do the same.
Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias
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Senior Teaching Associate in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies and Member of the Centre for Black Humanities, Associate at the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching, and Bristol Representative for Universities Studying Slavery. In addition, Nathaniel is Honorary Research Fellow—both in West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham and in Sociology at the University of Warwick.
I, like other children of the eighties and nineties, am a Millennial. I am that middling Generation Y, caught uncomfortably, between an inter-generational failure of mutual understanding between, on the one hand, the Windrush Generation X and, on the other, the so called iGeneration, Generation Z. It is my duty as a Black British Millennial to exhume the hidden histories of my own generation, in order that I may, through a better knowledge of myself and of how I belong, act as a conversational bridge between the two generations either side of me.
This is the motivation underpinning my participation in the Global Warwickshire Collective’s new project, Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire, which aims, within Caribbean communities, here, in Britain, to train members of the generation that comes after us, in the tools of historical research that will enable them to recover and record the stories of the generations that came before us. And I think that’s quintessentially what I’ve come to realise my belonging, here, in Britain, is: it is the role I have to play in an ongoing multi-generational struggle.