Braithwaite, a Guyanese-born author, educator and diplomat whose book
about teaching in the slums of London's East End was adapted into the
popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, was 104. Braithwaite's
companion, Genevieve Ast, told The Associated Press that he became ill
Monday and died at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
in Rockville, Maryland.
Braithwaite wrote several fiction and nonfiction books, often focusing
on his struggles with racism and the contrast between first world and
colonial cultures. He also served as the newly independent Guyana's
representative at the United Nations in the 1960s.
The highly celebrated painter was the younger brother India's former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.