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Campaigner, Writer, Trainer, Management, Consultant & Director - Working for Equality


Memories of the 20th Century


This 320 page book Memories of the 20th Century edited and written by Jim Thakoordin, is about the lives of some thirty people mainly from the Caribbean, but also a number from America, Africa and South Asia, who have lived ordinary and extra ordinary lives. A dozen of the people whose age ranges from sixty two to 100 years are living in Luton, have started their lives in various parts of the world.

This book is in two parts. Part one comprises the personal recollections of a dozen people living in Luton who recall memories of their childhood in their countries of origin, their adult life in Britain and their plans and thoughts for the future. It is about people revealing their experiences, which they have gathered through their journey through life as parents, grandparents and community activists.

Part two is a collection of brief biographies of famous Black and Asian people including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr., Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, Gamal Abdal Nasser, Malcolm X, Franz Fannon, Fenner Brookway, CLR James, Bob Marley Nelson Mandella, Mohammad Ali and Angela Davis who have been key world players in the search for a more equality, peace, justice and freedom and have inspired and influenced millions of people around the world.

This book will appeal to the general reader as well as educators, social workers, community workers and activists, service providers and public bodies. It is about looking back as well as looking forward. The countries from which the contributors to this book came have experienced enormous changes, as indeed the entire world has changed. The Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, India, America Ghana or Guyana of fifty years ago is grossly different from what it is today. The children and grandchildren of immigrants who visit these countries will see a different environment from which their parents or grandparents have lived or departed from forty or fifty years ago.

Black, Asians and other visible minorities have contributed enormously to the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental aspects of life. Today's health service in England relies a great deal on the skills of Black, Asian and visible minority doctors, nurses and auxiliary workers. You only need to look around you to see the enormous impact, which immigrants have made on the various aspects of life and the environment. The majority of shops, restaurants and businesses in large parts of Luton are owned and managed by immigrants or their offspring. A quarter of the Luton Borough Councillors are from Caribbean and Asian backgrounds. Caribbeans and Asians are represented in all aspects of social, economic, political and professional areas. We have Black and Asian doctors, lawyers, teachers, dentists, police officers, business people, fire fighters, footballers, scientists, accountants, industrialists, bankers, writers, politicians, artists and entertainers.

For many years Black and Asian people were excluded from most of the professions, apart from some of the basic grades in the public and private sectors such as nursing, transport and manual labour. Even in the mid-1960’s there were hardly any Black or Asian businesses. Black and Asian people were excluded from being employed even in local government, health, police, education, banking, the retail trade or in clerical, administrative, professional and even manual trades because of prejudice and discrimination.

However, despite discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping of the Asian, African and Caribbean communities, many of the second generation have achieved considerable breakthrough in securing a wide range of skills and qualifications through further and higher education and have entered a wide range of professional occupations and careers.

Memories of the 20th Century - Copies available from:

Jim Thakoordin
310 Manor Road
Woodside
Luton LU1 4DN
Tel: 01582 725726
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Price: £9.99 per copy for institutions including packing and postage, £5.99 for voluntary and community organisations and individuals. 

Discounts available for multiple copies.