Kick it Out is delighted to announce the launch of two exciting projects, designed to celebrate this year’s Windrush Festival and Black History Month UK.

With support from the Windrush Day Grant, we have commissioned Dougie Blaxland and RoughHouse Theatre to produce an online film version of Getting The Third Degree - the award winning drama based on the inspiring story of Laurie Cunningham - which toured UK theatres to critical acclaim last Autumn. The film will be streamed to schools and universities throughout the West Midlands in October.

The same creative team have also been working with students and staff at Harris Academy in Tottenham to produce an audio programme entitled N17, to be broadcast on Threads Radio on October 2nd as part of Black History Month 2020.

N17 is a radio documentary focusing on the extraordinary contribution that descendants of members of the Windrush Generation who settled in and around Tottenham and Haringey have made to British society over the last forty years.

The programme includes interviews with David Lammy MP Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, England cricketer Mark Alleyne MBE, BAFTA winning actress Letitia Wright, friends and family of the late great Laurie Cunningham and the multi-award winning musician and lyricist Mary Otumahana, who performs under the name WondRWomN.

Troy Townsend, Head of Development at Kick it Out, says, “There is no more important time to celebrate the lives and contribution that successive generations of Windrush families have made to British society and to shout from the rooftops that Black Lives Matter.”

Chloe, one of the Harris Academy students involved in producing and presenting the programme, says, "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 Harris Academy student Kane, adds, “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.”