Bristol bus boycott organiser Roy Hackett dies aged 93

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Civil rights campaigner Roy Hackett, described as a “humble freedom fighter”, has died at the age of 93.

Mr Hackett was one of the organisers of the Bristol Bus Boycott, a successful campaign to overturn a ban by Bristol Omnibus Company on employing black and Asian drivers and conductors.

He once said: “I lived in many places before I came to Bristol, and I never had racism as tough as back then.”

Born in Jamaica, he was appointed an MBE in 2020.

Mr Hackett, who was the co-founder of the Commonwealth Coordinated Committee which set up the St Paul’s Carnival in 1968, leaves behind three children.

LaToyah McAllister-Jones, executive director of the St Paul’s Carnival, said: “Rest In Power, Mr Roy Hackett.

“You have inspired so many, your service and dedication to your community lives on through us all.”

Bristol West Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire said: “It was an honour to know him.

“He was an inspiration to so many and taught us all so much about standing up for justice and equality.

“I will miss his warm smile, quick wit and charm, as well as his deep and lasting commitment to the people of Bristol and to ending racism.”

Many others in the Bristol community have expressed their condolences, including teacher and author, Aisha Thomas.

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