British black power activist Darcus Howe dies aged 74

The civil rights activist Darcus Howe has died at the age of 74 after “dying peacefully in his sleep” at home yesterday.

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

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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