Saturday 24 June 2017

Darcus Howe: British broadcaster and rights campaigner dies aged 74

Darcus Howe
Darcus Howe

Shehab Khan

Darcus Howe, the British broadcaster, writer, and civil liberties campaigner has died aged 74.

He spent more than half a century campaigning for black rights and is well known for organising the 1981 Back People’s March.

Howe died peacefully in his sleep in Streatham, according to his biographer Robin Bunce.

He made his name in the British Black Panthers in the 1970s and worked as a journalist - writing a column for the New Statesman.

Howe also worked as a broadcaster and presented a range of shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and LWT. He is well known for his current affairs show Devil's Advocate.

Dianne Abbot, the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and the shadow home secretary, paid tribute to Howe on Twitter.

“So sad to hear that Darcus Howe has passed away. One of the standout activists & public intellectuals of his generation,” she said.

In 2009 Howe successfully fought off prostate cancer after first being diagnosed with the illness two years before.

He was born in Trinidad in 1943 and came to the UK in 1961. His father was a vicar and his mother a teacher.

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