Noted Barbadian Poet and Historian, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Is Dead At 89


The noted Barbadian poet and historian, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, has died.

Dr. Brathwaite passed away this afternoon in Barbados.

He was 89.

Dr. Brathwaite was educated at Harrison College in Barbados and Pembroke College in Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Sussex.

Co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement, Brathwaite is the author of numerous collections of poetry.

He won the prestigious Griffin International Poetry Prize for Slow Horses in 2005.

Dr. Brathwaite’s honors include the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the Bussa Award.

Edward Kamau Brathwaite reading from Born to Slow Horses.

Jamaican Historian, Professor Verene Shepherd, describes Brathwaite as an icon.

Verene Shepherd, Jamaican historian.

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