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Roy Hackett, 93, organized a Bristol bus boycott.

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Roy Hackett, the 93-year-old organizer of the Bristol bus boycott, has died.

To challenge Bristol Omnibus Company’s ban on hiring black and Asian drivers and conductors, Mr Hackett organized the Bristol Bus Boycott.

His words: “I’ve lived in numerous places before Bristol, and I haven’t had racial discrimination this bad.” In 2020, he received an MBE for services to the community.

One of the founding members of the Commonwealth Coordinated Committee, which helped to organize the St. Paul’s Carnival in 1968, Mr. Hackett’s death has left three children.

Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour MP for Bristol West, stated: “Knowing him was an honor. Companies in Britain might discriminate against people based on their skin color in 1963.

As part of a boycott that year, Paul Stephenson, Owen Henry, and Guy Bailey joined Mr. Hackett’s team of protestors.

Bristol’s deputy mayor, Asher Craig, said Mr. Hackett’s resignation affected many. Mr. Bailey was rejected from the bus company due to his race.

In response to the subsequent protests, the corporation altered its policy, which paved the way for the landmark Race Relations Acts of 1965 and 1968.

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