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Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers

Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.

Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins

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1976 saw the introduction of a new Race Relations Act that aimed to end workplace discrimination. Prior to the Act's introduction Reg Harcourt finds out what life was like for young black people on the streets of Birmingham. Let down by the system and struggling against poverty and the harsh reality of unemployment a bleak future was predicted. Local community leader James Hunte warns of serious problems ahead foreshadowing the riots that would engulf the area in 1981.