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Celebrating the life of Richard Hart

Richard Hart
Richard Hart – picture from Caribbean Labour Solidarity

On Friday 3 January, I attended the funeral in Bristol of Richard Hart. A Caribbean activist, researcher and writer, Richard served as attorney general in the Bishop government in Grenada in 1983, until the brutal invasion of the country by the US in October of that year.

I first met Richard when I was committee clerk at Hambledon rural district council in 1967, and he was solicitor to the Guildford Council.

Aged just 50, he had already had a long and distinguished political career in the Caribbean. He was a founder member of the People’s National Party of Jamaica (PNP), set up in 1938. In 1942, his political activities brought him into conflict with the British colonial authorities, who jailed him without trial.

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