[This an excellent piece of writing, where the author Roger Griffith details the experience of black people in this country and in particular the adversities they had to overcome when they first settled here. It is a remarkable testament to the resilience of a nation who still somehow, against painful in-your-face racism, still managed to make successful lives in England. It charts their history from the West Indies, the reasons why they migrated here (desperately invited by the British Government) and why they stayed (trapped in low paid jobs and poor accommodation). The story is told through his eyes, starting as a teenage black British boy growing up in England in the 1980s. He tells of his adventures through America as a teenager and later as an adult, and how he came to research all aspects of Black history, from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, in search for, and to understand his own identity. A fascinating insight into how Britain and America has evolved to present day, where we now have the first American black president, Barack Obama
I enjoyed this book because not only does it provide live thoughts and experience, it also deals with experiences of the first generation of Black Britons, known as ‘The Windrush generation’. Yes, there is painful racism in abundance, but there are also wonderful accounts of historical events that British history seems to conveniently forget.
This really opened my eyes to the West Indian experience in the UK and why West Indians and the British now have so much in common.
A book for all generations – it will gain respect, and capture understanding of a generation too easily forgotten.
Engaging, Inspiring and Informed – a must read
By book ’em Dano on 28 Feb. 2015
A rare thing in publishing: The personal story of a working class man of Caribbean ancestry, navigating the England of the 80s dealing with racism and the severe economic climate of the Thatcher years ultimately leading to steering Ujima Radio cic , a successful Bristol based community radio station.Griffith moves seamlessly through his own individual journey from multicultural London to a white working class estate in Bristol and then onward to the United States, where he returned repeatedly, to piece to together the story of the fight for civil rights of African Americans and what that struggle has meant for him and his own odyssey. The book weaves travelogue, social commentary , history and politics in a fluid informed and accessible manner. It is highly recommended. I’m looking forward to Volume 2
I loved the infusion of the author’s personal history and thoughts …
By Mobs on 12 Mar. 2015
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Could not put it down as soon as I started reading. I loved the infusion of the author’s personal stories/life and thoughts with Black history. I also enjoyed the intertwining of stories and cultures from Africa, the Caribbean, the USA and the UK. A great history book with excellent storytelling as well. Well recommended!
By Polly B on 31 Mar. 2015
The mix of personal stories and cultural insights makes for a very engaging read. Clearly a huge amount of research has gone into documenting the British and American Black history but it is the author’s reflection that gives this book the edge. I echo the sentiments of the previous 5 star reviewers who’ve said it all!