Montego Bay-born The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin took over BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour as guest editor on July 16th!
As former vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Dalston and All Saints Church, Haggerston, she now has a high public profile as Chaplain to the Queen and Vicar at Westminster Abbey and Priest in Charge of St Mary at Hill, City of London, because she is the first woman to be appointed Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons…. since 1660, and is, of course, the first black woman to rise to such heights within the Church of England!
She was most recently seen at June 22nd’s Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey for the Spirit of Windrush: Contributions to Multicultural Britain in which she read Jeremiah 29: 4-11; and she also led prayers in May 19th’s Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
She explored how we solve knife and gun crime; highlighted the work of the African Prison Project and examined the sacrifices of black women and the legacy of the Windrush generation with interviewed guests:
- Pat Levy and Alison Cope, and former gang leader now musician Karl Lokko, who are tirelessly tackling the fight against gun and knife crime;
- Catherine Ross, founder of Museum& a museum without walls and mobile/pop up social history project featuring the contributions made by Caribbeans to British society and Nottingham;
- Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of Gal Dem, the award-winning magazine written by women of colour and non-binary people of colour for all to explore;
- Professor Heidi Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor Emerita in Equalities Studies at the UCL Institute of Education.
- Alexander McLean, director general of the African prisons Project which works in prisons to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children through education, justice and reintegration;
- CeCelia Wickham Anderson, who also sang live in the studio.
The show is available on BBC iPlayer here.