Africa: Alhaji Grunshi of the Gold Coast Regiment shot
the 1st shot for Britain on 7th August 1915.
The British West Indian Regiment (BWIR) joined the war
on the 15 November 1915 and played a vital role.
Selena Carty promotes the idea of people wearing a Black Poppy Rose, bot as a rival to the Red but as complement to recognise the contribution of people of African heritage in Britain’s Wars.
I am a British born black woman, who has been exploring her heritage which leads me to the West Indies (Jamaica) Africa & Europe. Throughout my life in my homeland England I have felt that my history has been severely lacking. This has caused me to do something about it. So now I am bringing forward the BlackPoppyRose as a symbol of remembrance for African/Black people who wish to remember the history of our ancestors 100+ years ago during wars.’
She is seeking supporting for this movement by asking people to wear a BlackPoppyRose this year in Remembrance of ALL the Africans who fought, contributed and sacrificed whether in battle or not.
The PDF document shows more about the BlackPoppyRose to get a feel of what she is trying to achieve.
Selena works with Narrative Eye and the Poppy project runs alongside its ‘Empire Needs Men’ exhibition – see