Harris Academy Tottenham produce and present Windrush generation documentary

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Students from Harris Academy Tottenham have helped to produce and present a fascinating audio documentary focusing on the contribution of descendants of the Windrush generation who settled in and around Tottenham.

Called N17, local figures interviewed for the documentary include David Lammy MP, England cricketer, Mark Alleyne MBE, BAFTA-winning actress Letitia Wright, friends and family of the late footballer Laurie Cunningham and the multi-award-winning musician and lyricist Mary Otumahana who performs under the name WondRWomN.

The project was supported by Kick It Out and co-produced by Roughhouse Theatre to celebrate this year’s
Windrush Festival and Black History Month. The full documentary is available here.

Chloe, one of the Harris Academy Tottenham students involved in producing and presenting the programme, said:

"I HAVE BEEN ASTONISHED AT HOW MANY DESCENDANTS OF WINDRUSH FROM MY SMALL AREA OF LONDON HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO MAKE BRITAIN A BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING PLACE TO LIVE."

Fellow student Kane added:

“THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES TO TELL AND SADLY OUR PROGRAMME ONLY HAS TIME AND SPACE TO FOCUS ON THE LIVES OF A FEW. WHAT WORRIES ME THOUGH ARE THE STORIES WE ARE LEAVING OUT AND THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENED TO
BLACK PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD - OUR STORIES HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD. AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE MAKING THIS PROGRAMME - WE’RE TELLING OUR STORIES IN OUR OWN WORDS.”

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