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Leading activist Darcus Howe dies aged 74

RIP: Darcus Howe

CIVIL RIGHTS activist Darcus Howe has died aged 74, according to his family.

The writer and broadcaster died yesterday in his sleep said a spokesperson for the Howe family.

He had been ill for some time.

Howe was a leading campaigner for black rights for more than 50 years and he organised the 1981 Black People's March after the New Cross fire in which 13 black teenagers died.

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.

He started his journalism career with the magazine Race Today, where he was editor for 11 years, and more recently he was a columnist for this newspaper.

As a journalist he contributed to a wide range of newspapers and had a regular column in the left-wing New Statesman magazine.

He began his broadcasting career in the 1980s, presenting shows for the BBC, LWT and Channel 4.

In 2003 he wrote and presented the controversial series White Tribe, which explored the idea of Englishness and involved travelling around the country.

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