Lord Pitt Became the second black man to be elevated to the House of Lords, after his good friend Learie Constantine. David Pitt was born in Grenada and as a boy wanted to be either a doctor or a priest. After winning the sole Exhibition Scholarship from Grenada Boys Secondary School, he travelled to Britain where he studied medicine in Scotland. Immediately he got involved on student life and fought against racism there, which surprised the University, who were unaware that any racism existed there. Dr. David Pitt returned to Grenada after graduation, and could not find a job there, he found employment in St Vincent, and then travelled to Trinidad. Here he made a lasting contribution to Trinidad & Tobago life, by getting heavily involved in local politics, and then in national politics. His contribution was such that he was awarded The Trinity Cross, the highest national award of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Pitt then came to England in the forties, where he worked for Trinidad & Tobago's independence, and here he opened a general practice. He also joined the Labour Party, and gave them sterling service. He was deeply concerned about human rights, and became a founding member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, which was initially housed at his offices. Dr. Pitt was also deeply involved in the African Liberation Movement. After meeting with Dr Martin Luther King jnr, at the home of C.L.R.James in London. He also became involved in helping young black persons in finding jobs and scholarships in Britain. Dr. Pitt played a large part in British public life, while running his practice, and served as both deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Greater London Council. In both positions his strong social conscience found expression in the policies he implemented. He ran for political power as an MP twice, Once in a safe seat, but in one of the largest swings due to racism he lost. He was nevertheless highly regarded in the Labour Party, and it was because he was not just a Party spokesman. He was quick and scathing in his denunciation of Labour's policy towards the East African Asians, who were thrown out by Adi Amin. Pitt was so highly thought of in the Labour Party, that on one occasion at a Party Conference, as he was going towards the podium to speak, spontaneously, the delegates began to stand and gave him a standing ovation before his speech! Of all honours given to Lord Pitt, he was particularly pleased when he was elected by his peers to serve as President of the prestigious British Medical Association. He became the first black doctor to serve as such, and the first General Practitioner to be so elected in forty years. Lord Pitt also served as a father figure to the first intake of black Labour MPs in the eighties.
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