" I believe this monument featuring the anchor of the Empire Windrush could be a source of inspiration for generations of black, brown and white people in Britain seeking to understand racism, white privilege, and trying to establish a society where citizenship and belonging is for all.
It will symbolise migration, racial equality and the shared history of belonging and citizenship.
Like the Statue of Liberty it can become a beacon of hope. "
" I have seen first-hand how important a physical object, like the bell of HMS Hood, can be in connecting people to the memory of a ship and her crew.
I am in no doubt that Windrush’s anchor will become a similar ‘touchstone’ for the Windrush Generation and the wider public. "
“ A memorial incorporating the iconic anchor would be a powerful indicator of our nation's continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
I owe a personal debt of gratitude to the pioneers who encouraged so many others in answering the call of the Mother Country, including my late wife’s parents who arrived in London in the 1950’s. "
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