A Prayer for the start of Black History Month 2023

Norman Mullings MBE is part of Harlesden Methodist Church in North London. He arrived in Britain from Jamaica in 1958, aged 18. In this prayer for the start of Black History Month, he marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush to the UK. Filmed at the national Windrush monument at London Waterloo Station.

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Text of the prayer

Let us pray…

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ears; it soothes his soul, heals his wounds and drives away his fears 

Loving God, as we prepare to celebrate Black History Month and the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush with 500 black people from the Caribbean who were invited to assist in the rebuilding of this country after the devastation of the war: we pray that you will open the hearts of those who still harbour the views that black people are inferior to white people.

Father God, we pray that you will help us to realise that we are all your children and that we all, one day, have to answer to you for all our doings. 

In your holy name dear Father, I ask you to look favourably on all your children and give us the strength to continue your work, with the hope that one day we all will accept You as our Heavenly Father and will treat each other the way we would wish to be treated, with friendship, respect and kindness towards each other.