A famed Trini-born civil rights activist has passed away.
The family of British journalist and writer, Darcus Howe, announce that on Saturday April 1, he “quietly and unexpectedly” passed away at home in his sleep.
Born in Moruga Trinidad, Darcus Howe went to England to study law, but instead became a political activist and member of the British Black Panthers.
In 1970, Howe came to prominence after he and 8 others were arrested and charged with inciting a riot, for protesting against repeated police raids at Mangrove, a Caribbean restaurant in Notting Hill – which documented in the film “The Mangrove Nine”.
Howe also organized a 20,000-strong “Black People’s March” in 1981, protesting slack police investigations into the New Cross Fire – which killed 14 black teens attending a party.
As a television broadcaster, Darcus Howe hosted the Channel 4 series “Black on Black” for 30 years, as well as late-night current affairs program “The Devil’s Advocate”. His later television work featured several series on racism including “The Bandung File” (1985-1991),”White Tribe” (2000), “Slave Nation” (2001), “Who You Callin’ a Nigger?” (2004), and “Is This My Country?” (2006), a documentary search of his West Indian roots.
As a journalist, Howe was an editor of Race Today magazine, and wrote columns for the New Statesman and The Voice newspapers.
Howe was also chair of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, Darcus Howe passed away at 74 years old.