Darcus Howe: Life and legacy of the ‘Devil’s Advocate’

A tribute to a civil rights champion

By Vistra Greenaway-Harvey - 20th April 2017

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Darcus Howe’s many obituaries offer polarising views on his character. Some celebrate his accomplishments as a combative campaigner for civil rights in Britain. In this paper, we examine Howe’s temperament, his politics and the skewed conspiracy theories of his obsession with racism. How are we to conceptualise him now he is gone, Howe the hero’ or ‘Howe the bruiser’.

Vistra Greenaway-Harvey

Vistra Greenaway-Harvey is an academic copywriter and legal researcher. As well as African commentary, she drafts consultations and legal submissions for local councils and Fortune 500 companies.