Windrush Stalwarts Recognised for their Work

Two members of the Windrush Generation, Clovis Constantine Salmon OBE and Carmen Wiltshire, have been nominated for a National Diversity Award for their valuable contribution to society. Both are Christians – and highlight that age is just a number, as they are still making a difference and impacting lives.

Clovis Constantine Salmon OBE, 97, who arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1954, is renowned for recording Black British culture with photographs and film from the 1960s onwards.

He started documenting the evolution of Black British Caribbean church life with his Super 8 camera, starting at the Glad Tidings Church on Somerleyton Road, Brixton, where he served as a deacon before moving on to the New Covenant Church of God, Brixton. He also captured footage about major happenings within the Black community, like the Brixton riots in the 1980s.

The Tate Modern, Barbican, and the National Portrait Gallery are amongst the major institutions that have showcased Clovis’ work, which has also been featured in TV documentaries. His legacy is safeguarded in the Black Cultural Archives (BCA).

In April 2024, Clovis published children’s book entitled The Fastest Wheel Builder in Britain: A Story of Clovis Salmon, aka ‘Sam the Wheels’.

Carmen Wiltshire has been a minister in the Church of God in Prophecy since 1972, serving the church and wider community. During her early years of ministry, she supported the homeless and mentored individuals, and some of those she mentored have gone on to achieve great success.

At the age of 69, Carmen started the Karoy Foundation, where she has led several sustainable aid projects in Ghana, Jamaica, and the UK. Her initiatives include constructing a school in Ghana; implementing five clean water borehole projects in a village; providing breakfast for underprivileged children in a Jamaican school; and establishing a school for adults in Tooting, London, with courses in mathematics, English, computing, and dressmaking. All this alongside her husband Roy, who has given his wholehearted support to her initiatives.

Now aged 84, Carmen remains committed to supporting the disadvantaged and vulnerable in society and the wider world.  

Both Carmen and Clovis are examples of the indomitable spirit that characterises the Windrush Generation.

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