WINDRUSH & THE BLACK
In this his second book, Roy follows up on the first with a timely portrayal of Caribbean Christians who came to Britain in the 1950s and 60s. In 'Windrush and the Black Pentecostal Church in Britain, he turns the spotlight on one of the most enduring legacies, The Black Pentecostal Church and chronicles its history from the arrival of Black slaves on the sugar plantations of the West Indies to Caribbean Christian workers arrival in Britain in the 1950s and 60s. Part memoir and part historical overview, Roy, who had a front seat in this development, chronicles many of the seminal moments in this fascinating story. For example, he sets out the social and political background of Caribbean Christians coming to Britain, lists the difficulties they faced, shows how they were treated and what happened to them when they went to church in Britain for the first time. He contrasts this with what Caribbean Pentecostals did and shows how meeting in 'Prayer Meetings' evolved into the Caribbean churches we know today.
In this fascinating book, Roy suggests why Caribbean from this period is considered an undoubted success. He offers some reasons for this and shows why the legacy this group has left; family, work, education, and the role the church now plays in the Caribbean community, has not been fully realised.
Roy tells another story, in 'Windrush and the Black Pentecostal Church in Britain, this time how African Christians came in the 1980s and how in a short time they established their churches so that today they have some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in Britain. Roy looks at what makes them work and suggests some of the difficulties they are likely to face in the future.