Sunday, 2 April 2017

RIP Darcus Howe

The civil rights activist, writer and broadcaster Darcus Howe has died at the age of 74.

Born in Trinidad, the son of a priest and a teacher, Howe came to the UK in 1961. He started his career in journalism with Race Today and was a member of the British Black Panther movement, successfully challenging institutionalised and systematic racism in the police force during the Mangrove Nine trial which lasted for 55 days in 1971. In 1981, he organised the Black People's March in the wake of the New Cross fire which saw the deaths of 13 black teenagers. Most recently, Howe spoke out after the 2011 riots, which were sparked by the police shooting of Mark Duggan. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007 and his biographer said he 'died peacefully in his sleep' at home in Streatham, yesterday.


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