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Remembering Claire Andrews: Windrush author & activist

R.I.P: Claire Andrews

FAMILY, FRIENDS and fans are mourning the death of Windrush author and lifelong campaigner for racial and social justice, Claire Andrews, who recently passed away.

Ms Andrews, who came to Britain from Trinidad in the 1960s, made an invaluable contribution to the Caribbean community in the UK and was known as a community activist campaigning for racial and social justice.

During her life, Ms Andrews published a book entitled Legacy , which detailed the impact of the Windrush generation long before the scandal. Alongside the book, Ms Andrews released a short video which captured the lasting memories of Caribbean migrants in Britain after the Second World War.

In a 2004 interview with The Guardian about Legacy, Ms Andrews said her inspiration behind the book was to “help Caribbean elders create an archive - a legacy - about their own personal experiences in their own words, delivered through the art of storytelling.”

In addition to her literary work, Ms Andrews was a lifelong campaigner for human rights. She was a member of Unite Union and frequently represented people from the Caribbean community at employment tribunals.

She was also an advocate for the rights of the black community, racial justice and LGBT rights and was frequently seen on picket lines.

Ms Andrews funeral will take place Thursday 19 September at 10am at St Ignatius Church, London N15 6ND.

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