West Indians in Britain WW2

Came across this film about West Indians in Britain during the Second World War.

It’s nice to think that West Indians were all united, and that Britain welcomed and accepted them.

History, however, tells us that was not all true. The British got a tad uncomfortable when suddenly all their colonial subjects started taking over the place.

One of the voices in the film is Una Marson. And although she seems quite content and dandy to be a West Indian living in London, her work as a writer and feminist was far from submissive.

On the contrary she was a leading voice in the fight for the equality of West Indians and women in Britain.


One thought on “West Indians in Britain WW2

  1. FYI Una Marson is so cool. She was one of the lead hands as well behind the BBC program Caribbean Voices. Caribbean Voices was the program that gave rise to our great Caribbean writers including Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul.

    BTW the BBC did a radio documentary series on Caribbean Voices if you are interested.

    See Part 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2009/07/090721_caribbean_voices_1.shtml

    And Part 2:


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