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RIP Darcus Howe

Post by Guest on Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:23 pm

“Darcus was an outstanding public intellectual, and political activist and organiser; in Diane Abbott’s words ‘a living embodiment of the struggle for racial justice’,” he said.

“He played a crucial role in the movements and campaigns for immigrant rights in Britain. He acted as the first democratically elected chair of Notting Hill carnival in April 1977, in which role he defeated police attempts to restrict and relocate the carnival following the riot in 1976.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/darcus-howe-writer-broadcaster-and-civil-rights-campaigner-dies-aged-74

Sad news, massive influence on modern British culture!


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Re: RIP Darcus Howe

Post by Sassy on Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:16 am

Indeed, he's a real loss. RIP
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Post by Irn Bru on Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Obituary: Darcus Howe – An Appreciation

Brian Richardson reflects on the sad loss of Darcus Howe and his contribution to the struggle against racism in Britain.

“A larger than life, ebullient and assertive figure” is how Michael Mansfield QC describes Darcus Howe who he represented in the famous Mangrove Nine trial at the Od Bailey in 1971. That he most certainly was.

In that trial, Darcus was one of nine people, also including Frank Critchlow and Barbara Beese, who successfully fought off multiple charges of conspiracy to riot, affray and assaults on the police. The real truth was that the Mangrove restaurant in Ladbroke Grove was at that time a centre of community organisation and resistance to racism.

Darcus Howe – An Appreciation

Darcus was a powerful and persuasive advocate of struggle against racism, a chip off the block of his uncle, the great Trinidadian activist CLR James. He carried that tenacity into his editorship of the magazine Race Today and the TV programmes he worked on and fronted such as Black on Black, The Bandung File and Devil’s Advocate.

Forty years ago he was one of the key activists involved in the August 1977 Lewisham demonstration that brought black and white activists together in a protest that played a critical role in halting the rise of the **** National Front. One of the most striking images of that day shows Darcus standing on a platform, surrounded by a group of young men, megaphone in hand rallying the crowd. It was out of that mass mobilisation that the Anti **** League (ANL) was established.

Four years after this he was one of the leading figures in organising the Black Peoples March to demand justice for the victims of the New Cross Fire in which 13 young black people died.

Darcus understood the need for unity in struggle and acknowledged the crucial role of the ANL in cementing this in opposition to the NF and in creating a wider anti racist atmosphere. According to the campaigning journalist Paul Foot, when speaking at a memorial event for David Widgery a GP and leading figure in the ANL and Rock Against Racism, Darcus described the experience of the five children he had fathered in Britain:


http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/obituary-darcus-howe-appreciation/

A great aricle on Darcus's life and his contribution to combating racism here inj Britain.

RIP to a great man
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