Coombs published many books, for example in 1972, he published ‘Do You See My Love for You Growing?’ This was a book of essays that probed the black experience in contemporary America. It examined the immigrant experience and explored much of what he had been through. He received a number awards for his works and dedication.
In 1974, he received the Alicia Patterson award and also the Media award for public service reporting that same year for his talk show, ‘Black Conversations’.
Orde M. Coombs really made his voice heard. He wrote for the New York Magazine and New York Times. Coombs also collaborated with photographer Chester Higgins Jr for two books. Coombs spent his short life working to illuminate America’s racial divide and to reveal African-American accomplishments despite incredible odds. Orde M. Coombs, taken from us far too soon, Caribbean1st absolutely salutes you.