Race equality campaigner who became one of Britain’s first black barristers and conducted a number of high-profile inquiries

Lincoln Crawford, who has died aged 75, was a trailblazer for black barristers. He also contributed to an extraordinary range of public and voluntary bodies, in which his driving force was racial justice and the bringing of ethnic minorities into the mainstream of British life.

In 1981 he was instructed as the most junior member of the team of counsel to Lord Scarman’s inquiry into the Brixton riots of that year. The appointment displeased some members of the Afro-Caribbean community, who feared Lincoln’s involvement might serve to support a cover-up, but he rejected the criticism on the basis that participation was the route to progress.

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