Stories from Notting Hill Methodist Church localize these stories to a part of west London, but the experiences will be repeated across the country, wherever African Caribbean people have settled and become part of local communities.
Oral and written memories show people encountering racism, poor housing and employment issues but also tell of the joys of living in a community that shares its cultural similarities and worships together.
When they arrived, West Indian migrants were faced with issues around sub-standard housing, unscrupulous landlords, competition for jobs and cultural differences which were compounded with the rise of political agitators who exploited racial prejudices to gain political favour among an intolerant society. Notting Hill in the 1950s to 60s epitomised the volatility and hostility of this fated environment where, in 1958, racial violence erupted.
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