Oral history amplifies individual tales. Mixing contemporary accounts with memories and reminiscences added to the depth of these testimonies. I began to see that the cliches we’d become inured to – like those about the difficulty of finding accommodation in the 50s and 60s, characterized by the notes left in shop windows saying “No Dogs, No Black, No Irish” – had been seen by almost every West Indian I spoke to. Sometimes the impact of those daily humiliations had laid dormant but were still there, just beneath the surface. For full story click here.