David Thomas Pitt

(1913—1994) general practitioner and politician

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(1913–1994). Lord Pitt of Hampstead, general practitioner and politician born in St David's, Grenada, the son of Cyril S. L. Pitt. A prominent figure in Caribbean politics in the 1940s, Pitt later became involved with the Labour Party in Britain. He provided active support to a number of charity organizations and social campaigns throughout his career, playing a significant role in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). His medical career was equally distinguished, and in 1985 he was elected president of the British Medical Association. Always keen to ensure that the political establishment remained relevant and accessible to the public, Pitt became well known as a spokesperson for those who felt marginalized by the system and for encouraging their participation in electoral politics and other institutional bodies. The Lord Pitt Foundation was established in 1983 to mark his seventieth birthday. After his death the Race Equality Unity launched the annual Lord Pitt memorial lecture, its aim to address the issues of racial equality Pitt had done so much to promote.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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