Roy Hackett, a civil rights activist, died at the age of 93. He is best known for participating in the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963, which arose after the Bristol Omnibus Company refused to employ Black or Asian bus drivers. Along with fellow campaigners Paul Stephenson, Owen Henry, and Guy Bailey, the latter of whom was rejected from a position with the bus company due to the color of his skin Hackett was a key figure in the movement against the discriminatory policy that was later reversed
Hacketts' work has been credited by the BBC as paving the way for the 1965 and 1968 Race Relations Acts. He was also the co-founder of the Commonwealth Coordinated Committee and was named an OBE in 2009 and an MBE in 2020.
Paula O'Rourke, the Bristol Lord Mayor, said they're extremely sorry to hear about the passing of a Bristol civil rights icon. Meanwhile, Asher Craig, the deputy mayor of Bristol, said the death of Hackett has hurt many of us.
Aisha Thomas, a teacher and author, paid tribute to the late campaigner, writing on Twitter, Very sad to hear of the loss of another elder in the community. I wish you the best of luck in your retirement. Absolute legend.
Marsha de Cordova, Labour MP for Battersea, described Hackett as a pioneering figure in the UK civil rights movement, while Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham, credited him for removing the color bar.
ITV News reader and panellist Caroline White paid tribute online, writing, "The utterly exceptional Roy Hackett has died," a hero in the UK Civil Rights movement.
Hackett was open about his experiences of racism in the United Kingdom throughout his life, which would continue to shape his career as a prominent civil rights advocate. During an interview with BBC Ideas, he mentioned how it was difficult to find a place to live in his own city. People were blatantly racist.
Hackett explained how the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in 2020 gave him hope, and that he wants the younger generation to stand up for what we have now. Lets push it even further.