Triumph of the Grassroots is an exhibition showcasing 40 years of charitable work at a ‘grassroots’ level by Afrikans, who arrived in Britain from the British Commonwealth during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They were invited by the British government to assist in re-building Britain’s war-torn economy, and in the process, they made invaluable and lasting contributions to British Social History.
To mark British Black History Month the Vince Hines Foundation highlights the work and struggles of the Black Self-Help Movement in Britain during the period 1972-2012. Over these four decades the Vince Hines Foundation, based in west London, have been involved in a number of social initiatives and programmes including education, careers advice and training, community support, musical endeavours, outreach activities and business advice. We present here a small snapshot of their work and hope you will enjoy finding out more about the Foundation and its broader historical context.
Through forty years of photographic evidence, we follow the innovative and creative community development work undertaken by these new comers to Britain, which has had a deep and lasting influence on the host community and has added values to Britain’s existing social structures.