A LONG JOURNEY: The History of the Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA)

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The main purpose of this book is to reflect, commemorate and chronicle the contribution of Britain’s pioneering Windrush Generation, particularly those that settled in Derby. It demonstrates the vitality of the Caribbean community and their social, cultural and economic value to the city. It also charts the arrival and challenges faced by those who migrated from the Caribbean.

The Derby West Indian Association (DWIA) was founded in 1955 as a means to serve members of the local Caribbean community and to help them settle into a foreign land. In the early 1980s, the Association then established the Derby West Indian Centre and later achieved charitable status in 1989. The word “community” was then added to its name to become the Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA).

DWICA has been the “catalyst and rock” of the Caribbean community that settled in Derby through the activities it provides and the services it offers. These include education and training, social and cultural activities, recreational facilities, health and well-being services as well as advocacy, representation, the provision of general advice and information and document signing and verification.

This book charts the work of the Association and the work of the many people committed to the Caribbean heritage community and to the celebration of Black culture. It is an informative and unique resource for schools and also the general reader, as well as a source for those interested in the many aspects of Britain’s multicultural society.

It is dedicated to the pioneering members of the Windrush Generation and to those who had the vision and determination to establish such an essential and worthwhile organisation. DWICA continues to serve the needs of their community and to provide a legacy for the generations to come. And the journey continues.

  • 280 x 215 mm
  • 144 pages
  • Softcover

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