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As we mourn Benjamin Zephaniah’s death, learn this lesson from his brilliant life

He was a man of strong progressive views, readily expressed, and yet retained a public affection that ensured his voice was heard

Here are some things we know about the late, gone-too-soon Benjamin Zephaniah.

He was a prominent Rastafarian in the days before Rastamouse and Levi Roots made people of that faith palatable to the mainstream public; a time when they were more often fodder for the Metropolitan police’s racist mania for stop and search.

He was outspoken on social justice issues such as policing and failings in the education system.

He carved out a place in the public affection that led even those who…

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