The Patron

Baroness Ros Howells

Patron of the African & Caribbean Memorial

It is both an honour and a privilege to have been invited to write a brief foreword for this praiseworthy initiative of placing a war memorial in a strategic landmark, to mark the contributions made by African and Caribbean peoples to the United Kingdom during both World Wars.

In doing this, your ingenuity reminds the whole country of the sacrifices made by all, but especially the African and Caribbean people during the war effort. I congratulate the committee that have taken on this task.

Lest we forget

Despite the trials and tribulations along the way in completing this initiative, I am pleased to be associated with the work you are doing. It is my contention that this is another critical equality gateway. There is no doubt in my mind that this will help prevent the crisis of identity of the Black British Community whilst educating their white contemporaries, to value the fact that African and Caribbean peoples have contributed greatly in building the social cohesion within the UK.

This memorial plays an important role too in creating a vehicle for exhibiting an age which leads to an exploration of the struggles which formed the underpinning principles behind the Race Relations Act of 1965 and the subsequent Equality Act of 2000.  A well-known Caribbean saying is “if there is an issue, talk about it, then decide what needs to be done, then do it”.

It is another strand in the tapestry of diversity, I salute you and congratulate you.
Baroness Howells of St David’s 2015