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Historian Kamau Brathwaite dies at 89

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Historian Kamau Brathwaite dies at 89

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Barbadian Edward Kamau Brathwaite, the noted poet and historian has passed.

He was 89 years old.

Kamau, as he was familiarly known, was educated at Harrison College, the University of Cambridge Pembroke College and the University of Sussex.

He was an education officer in Ghana from 1955 to 1962 before he returned to the Caribbean to teach in St Lucia and later at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. He also lectured at New York University.  

Some of his works include Rights of Passage (1967), Masks (1968), Islands (1969) and Barabajan Poems in 1994.

Among his honours include an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex, the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism, the WEB Du Bois Award in 2010 and the Bussa Award.  (SAT)