UK Reggae DJ & racial campaigner Mikey Dread passes on

From: Nan Lewis <>
Date: Tue Apr 17, 2001 01:57:03 PM America/Montreal
To: RAW Forum <>
Subject: Mikey Dread Passes...

VERY SAD NEWS.... from
Reggae DJ/racial campaigner passes on wailingwailers (28/M/Taunton, UK) 4/17/01
11:10 am

Friends and colleagues have been paying their respects to broadcaster and campaigner Mikey Dread who has died suddenly. Mikey Dread, who was 44, collapsed yesterday lunchtime in the foyer of Unity FM, the radio station he helped set up in Swindon. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and it is thought he may have suffered a heart attack. Mikey's friends have described him as a man of humour, conviction, passion and compassion.
Long-time friend and co-worker on BBC Radio Bristol's Black Echo programme, Evadney Campbell last saw him on Sunday when they worked together on the programme. "Everything was fine, there was no indication of anything wrong," she said. "He was quite an active sports person who loved badminton and regularly played table-tennis. He took me under his wing when I started presenting, his heart was in the right place and he would do anything for you.

It will be a long time before I come to terms with this," she added. Friend and co-campaigner Leo Goodrich said the whole community would miss him. Leo Goodrich, friend and co-campaigner "I feel he did a lot for his age in trying to promote the standing of the black community," she said. "I'm sure they all give their condolences. It is a sad loss." She added that there was never a dull moment with Mikey and she would always remember how he rushed about. Mikey worked tirelessly to promote racial equality and awareness both with Unity FM and with BBC Radio Bristol's Black Echo programme and the Black Echo website.

Senior Journalist at BBC Bristol Online, Lisa Rowell, said Mikey had striven to help set up the Black Echo site. "Mikey was determined to make the site a reality and worked with myself and Evadney to build it. His drive and determination will be greatly missed by everyone here," she said. Mikey was involved in many projects including helping to set up the Slavery Exhibition in
Bristol and the Campaign for Racial Equality Kuumba project. He also helped liaise between the police and black communities in Bristol and Wiltshire, and was due to MC the forthcoming Wailers band gigs in Bristol. Those who campaigned alongside him and those who benefited from his work say he will be sorely missed. Anyone who would like to leave a message of condolence can do so on the Black Echo message board .

Posted: Mon - February 24, 2003 at 08:05 PM