"Our Journey" - Radio series celebrating the Windrush Generation & the Bristol Bus Boycott

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Just to let you know about a radio series I have produced that’s currently broadcasting on 11 stations around the UK and supported by the Audio Content Fund.

Recently Kier Starmer tweeted that he thinks the Bristol Bus Boycott should be taught in schools.

The Bristol Bus Boycott has hardly been documented outside of Bristol.

“Our Journey” celebrates the significance it had on the race relations acts and the lives of the post-war African and Caribbean Pioneers we have come to know as the Windrush Generation.

If you would like to listen to the series or the 1st Episode let me know and I can forward them to you - details below.

Here’s a series synopsis:

Our Journey
A six-part documentary series capturing the voices of the Windrush Generation in Bristol, celebrating activism, determination and civil rights, through the story of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott.

6x 30min, by SWSW Network, first aired 24th October 2020 on 11 radio stations around the UK.

In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parkes was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person. Nearly 10 years later, American civil rights groups were continuing the fight for employment and racial equality. South Africa was in the grip of the anti-apartheid movement, and Nelson Mandela had just been sentenced to life in prison. Meanwhile, in the UK, it was legal to racially discriminate.

Our Journey tells the story of the UK’s first civil rights campaign in 1963, the Bristol Bus Boycott. It hears from experts about the impact and significance it had then and today. The series will feature contributions from the Windrush Generation, describing their compelling journeys and telling the often shocking stories of their arrival and first years in the UK.

Other contributors include: Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol); Professor Madge Dresser (historian and expert in black history); Dr Edson Burton (historian, writer and performer); Roger Griffiths MBE (author and expert in black history); Vernon Samuels (Olympian, and son of Bristol’s first black bus driver); Jendayi Serwah (community activist)

List of stations currently broadcasting:
Resonance FM - London
Radio Riverside - London
ALL FM - Manchester
Ujima Radio - Bristol
Radio Tyneside Newcastle & Tyneside
Lionheart Radio - Northumberland
Spark FM - Sunderland
Soundart Radio - Devon
Somer Valley FM - Somerset
Swindon 105.5
BSR FM - North Bristol

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like more information.

Many thanks,

Miranda Rae
Sound Women SW Network