In 1948 British Nationality Act gave people from colonies the right to live and work in Britain. The act encouraged much needed workers to help fill post war labour shortages and thus rebuild the economy. Many of those who came became manual workers, drivers, cleaners, and nurses in the newly-established NHS.
However before Windrush, the contributions of Black Britons helped shape the cultural landscape we see today. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a black British composer whose most famous work includes Hiawatha’s wedding feast. Samuel is one of many high profile Black Britons who helped change the cultural landscape by drawing from their own heritage.