This poster was published by the Ministry of Information to encourage support for the war effort within the UK and throughout the British Empire during World War Two. It was intended to be displayed in public buildings and places of work.
The ‘Help the West Indies Work for VICTORY’ poster is part of a series depicting different kinds of wartime service. In this image, a group of male dock workers unload cargo from a large military ship.
Although many Caribbean people understood their wartime service as part of a larger movement for racial equality, they often encountered racism in the Armed Forces and in Britain. Many of those who came to the country in the post-war period faced prejudice and discrimination in work, housing and other areas of daily life.
- Article by:
- Hakim Adi
- Waves of history, Authors, artists and activists
At the turn of the 20th century, colonialism meant that colonial subjects did not have the right to determine their own future. Hakim Adi introduces us to Pan-Africanism and some of the key figures and organisations who campaigned against colonialism and racism before the outbreak of World War Two.