Monday 22 June 2020
On Windrush Day we are invited to observe two minutes silence at 11.00am to give thanks for those people who arrived on the Windrush over 70 years ago, but also to reflect upon the brutality of the slave trade, to remember the lives lost and offer prayers for those across the world who continue to struggle with the injustices of racism to this day.
Lord God, creator of all people,
may your Son who suffered the inhumanity of the cross
comfort us in our anxiety and in our horror,
in such times that take our breath away.
May your Holy Spirit inspire us
to repentance and to action
in dismantling the virus of racism
from within the Church, our nation and our world.
The Empire Windrush was a former German troop ship taken by the Allied Forces from a defeated Germany in 1945. The Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks on the morning of 22 June 1948 where more than 500 Caribbean passengers disembarked. On Wednesday 23 June 1948, The Times reported the arrival of the Windrush with the headline ‘Jamaicans arrive to seek work.’ Among the passengers were students, singers, musicians, sportsmen and a complete dance band.