The funeral cortège outside the historic Mangrove Restaurant
Last month I attended the funeral of Darcus Howe, great-nephew of C.L.R. James and someone I had the privilege of getting to know a little over the last few years of his life, having first met him when he agreed to speak at a conference I helped organise to mark ‘Seventy years of The Black Jacobins‘ in 2008 – and someone whose generous support for my work on James since then I will always appreciate. ‘I am an immigrant’, he defiantly told me one of the last times we met – a great statement in the context of the rising racism underway in Britain – and his thoughts on Nigel Farage were very memorable. ‘He is what I call a “talkative” … he babbles inanities’. Anyway, by way of tribute to Darcus, I thought I would link to a short obituary I wrote for Socialist Review – Darcus Howe: Black Power in the New Left. RIP Darcus.