Remembering Paulette Wilson

Black History Month / Remembering Paulette Wilson

Join students from the University of Wolverhampton as they discuss campaigning for Windrush and their personal stories of Paulette.

Paulette Wilson (1956 – 23 July 2020) was a Wolverhampton based British immigrant rights activist who recently fought her own deportation to Jamaica and brought media attention to the human rights violations of the Windrush scandal.

Paulette was a local resident of Heath Town, Wolverhampton. She came to the UK as a small child from Jamaica and lived here ever since. Over 50 years in the UK: she attended school, worked hard, paid her taxes and raised a family, everyone who knew Paulette, knew how beautiful she was. Being told to leave the country by the UK government after 50 years was an absolute shock for Paulette and many people like her.

Two of our students who knew her well will deliver a talk about Paulette. Jennifer Thomas (MA Fine Art student and Community Researcher) will talk about the work she is doing with people who have been impacted by the Windrush Scandal, giving an historical and personal overview. Fi Jo Diedrick (BA (Hons) Fine Art Student) will give a more personal account of Paulette as a friend, a mother, a worker and a resident of Heath Town in Wolverhampton. The talk will be facilitated by Gavin Rogers, Fine Art Lecturer.

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