Monday, 3 April 2017

Civil Rights Activist, Writer & Broadcaster Darcus Howe Is Dead

Tributes were paid to civil rights campaigner Darcus Howe today following his death aged 74. The writer and broadcaster, who had fought prostate cancer, died in his sleep at his home in South London.

Trinidad-born Howe came to the UK in 1961 and campaigned for black rights for more than 50 years. He organised the 1981 Black People’s March after 13 teenagers died in the New Cross fire.

Howe made his name in the British Black Panthers and successfully challenging racism in the police.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was among high-profile figures to pay tribute to him. She tweeted: “So sad to hear that Darcus Howe has passed away. One of the standout activists & public intellectuals of his generation.”

Film maker Amma Asante tweeted: “May u RIP Darcus Howe. British #BlackPanther & a pioneer in the fight for #equality in UK. I enjoyed our last talk immensely & learned much.”

Labour MP Helen Hayes tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Darcus Howe, great loss to Brixton & to the cause of equality and human rights RIP.”

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