June was a busy month celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948, with hundreds of passengers on board who had travelled from Jamaica for 30 days to begin a new life in the UK. We have interviewed some great people for this issue: record-breaking, chart-topping Sarah Téibo; multi award-winning vintage mentor, Sherry Ann Dixon; Rev Olufemi Babatola, founder of House of Hope Christian Centre, and Karen Gibson, now recognised as Britain’s ‘godmother of gospel’, after her choir nearly stole the show at the Royal Wedding, the Spirit of Windrush Service, and their performance at the Windrush Downing Street Reception. Our focus this issue is on the Ascension Trust, who are celebrating 25 years of working to meet the practical needs of communities through their many initiatives.
- How Britain imprisoned some of the first black fighters against slavery
- BBC publishes landmark report on BAME career progression and culture