Len and 2 friends were arrested on charges of being “suspected persons” after leaving the Hampstead home of the great West Indies cricketer Sir Learie Constantine.
His first novel, While Gods Are Falling, was published in 1965 and won the British Petroleum Independence Literary Award.
Born in Trinidad in 1901, Padmore would come to personify the hopes and aspirations for Black freedom throughout his native Caribbean and Africa.
His legacy reflects the scope and diversity of his life’s work, the unique conditions of particular times and places.
Had they thought England a golden land in a golden age?
Here every creed and race find an equal place,
And may God bless our nation.