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Blue plaque for Darcus Howe on Brixton’s Railton Road

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One of Brixton’s most important and important figures, Darcus Howe, will be honored with the unveiling of a blue plaque on Railton Road next Tuesday (January 4).

It will join an existing plaque marking the time the great revolutionary, writer and historian CLR James spent in Brixton.

Both are in the building at 167 Railton Road which currently houses the Brixton Advice Center and previously housed the revolutionary collective Race Today.

The counseling center recently announced its intention to vacate the building.

CLR James’ birthday also falls on January 4.

CLR James and Darcus Howe working in the Railton Road building

Darcus Howe, who died in 2017, was a black British civil rights leader, writer, story maker and co-founder of the Race Today Collective.

The plaque honoring him is part of a series created by the Nubian Jak Foundation, which works with English Heritage.

It is sponsored by Black History Walks.

Darcus Howe was a key figure in many major movements including the Black Panthers, Mangrove 9, Bangladeshi Housing, Black Peoples Day of Action, and the Brixton Uprisings.

He changed the face of British television with the Bandung File and Devil’s advocate, and the route of the British edition with the Race Today Collective.

Between 1973 and 1988, Race today was at the center of the fight for racial justice in Britain, highlighting the impact that campaign journalism can have.

Crowd at outdoor meeting
Crowds at a Darcus Howe memorial event at the Black Cultural Archives poured into Windrush Square

“With the fight against racism and police brutality currently unfolding across the world, it is essential that young activists become familiar with the recent history of black radicalism in Britain, including the radical black press, in order to to harness the revolutionary potential of the media in the fight for racial justice, ”Black History Walks said in a statement.

Race today and his collective of writers have fought police brutality, challenged racist institutions and, by connecting the experiences of black communities in Britain to other struggles, revealed the interdependence of exploitation on the basis of race. , gender and class, according to the press release:

Race today, edited Darcus Howe and, from 1985 his wife Leila Hassan, was a central voice for the anti-racist black community in London.

An article by Bryan Knight in Novara Media details the importance and influence of Race today.

The plaque unveiling will be both a public and online event, with exact times and contributions depending on regulations in effect at the time. It is scheduled to take place between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Flowers outside a storefront
Flowers for Darcus Howe at the Brixton Advice Center on Railton Road

It is expected that a DJ will play some of Darcus’ favorite music and there will be short addresses from Leila Hassan-Howe, Tamara Howe, Nubian Jak, Patrick Tornsey from the counseling center and others.

Black History Walks has a collection of lectures on Darcus Howe.

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