- Apr 30, 2010
Saddened to read of the death of Darcus Howe. I enjoyed watching and listening to him, even if I didn't always agree with him. Certainly a much better advocate than Diane Abbott or mad Bernie Grant.
Civil rights activist Darcus Howe dies aged 74The writer and broadcaster campaigned for black rights for more than 50 years and organised the 1981 Black People's March after the New Cross fire in which 13 black teenagers died.
His biographer Robin Bunce said Mr Howe "died peacefully in his sleep" at his Streatham home on Saturday and that his wife Leila Hassan confirmed the news.
In 2009, Mr Howe wrote in The Guardian about his prostate cancer diagnosis.
"Long live the NHS", he wrote, after describing how his treatment had been successful following the 2007 diagnosis.
Mr Howe was born on 26 February 1943 in Trinidad, where his father was a vicar and his mother a teacher.
He came to the UK in 1961.