The writer and broadcaster who campaigned for the rights of so many people has died at the age of 74. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Stratham.
Darcus Howe wrote, “Long live the NHS” after being diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2007.
Darcus Howe made his name by successfully challenging racism in the police during the Mangrove Nine trial at the Old Bailey in the early 1970s.
He began his broadcasting career in the 1980s, presenting shows for the BBC, LWT and Channel 4.
He was known as a man who was prepared to take on the establishment and for, “Taking on the police in the 70s at a time of enormous police racism and police corruption was an incredibly courageous thing to do.
“He was able to turn the table on his accusers and he was able to win his case.
“And not only was he able to win his own freedom, but he was able to expose police racism and force the first official acknowledgement of institutional racism in the United Kingdom as a result of that case.”
In times like the ones we find ourselves in we can ill afford to lose such men as the powerful Darcus Howe. RIP.