Updated: Nov 23, 2020
“I am Black Caribbean, and I have often been asked in response to that - ‘where were you born?’ I say Britain, but I feel more comfortable saying that I am Black Caribbean than saying that I am British. If my Caribbean heritage is not acknowledged I feel that part of the story is missed - that is why I am here. I like to hold on to my roots.’
‘Hearing about my Great Grandparents struggle to come here and settle with their family, inspires me. Whenever, I find things difficult, I think of them, and I think: ‘if they did it, I can do it!’ It helps me keep going when I am writing, and drives me to be more ambitious.’
#BlackLivesMatter #WindrushGenManchester ___________________________________________________________ Jade Calder is a local author of several books. She recently released “Mummy...What is Black Lives Matter?” a children’s book (that is also great for adults!) about a conversation between a Mum and daughter about recent events.
We are so grateful to Jade Calder for taking the time to speak to us about the inspiration for her book and her own experiences navigating her Black-Caribbean identity, and the power of storytelling to not only demand representation, but also to spark critical conversations.
(Cross-posted from Windrush Generations on Facebook)