Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization by Quito Swan (auth.)

By Quito Swan (auth.)

This ebook examines the effect of Black energy at the British colony of Bermuda, the place the 1972-73 assassinations of its British Police Commissioner and Governor mirrored the Movement's denouncement of British imperialism and the island's racist and oligarchic society.

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In addition, a number of PLP leaders, such as Kamarakafego, Arthur Hodgson, and Freddy Wade, were actively involved in the Movement. However, others did not openly support Black Power for varying reasons, one being its confrontational nature of protest. Nevertheless, neither did they publically condemn the Movement. They were well aware of the potential the Movement possessed and that to not empathize with it was to reject Bermuda’s Black youth. 56 She eventually became a staunch supporter of the Movement.

64 The Black Power Manifesto was the only resolution officially passed by the New Jersey Conference. It called for the creation of an International Black Congress that would reflect the “new sense of power and revolution blossoming” throughout the Black world. 65 This proclamation helped lead to the 1969 Conference in Bermuda. Governor Martonmere was concerned that the PLP’s “flirtations” with Black Power would include invitations to other Black Power leaders, such as Stokely Carmicheal and Adam Clayton Powell to visit Bermuda.

The Report contained biographies of ten Black Muslim members, which also included Matthews, Wilfred Allen, David Robinson, and the late Kenneth Ebbin. Matthews was imprisoned in the United States for illegal entry and there were concerns that his deportation back to Bermuda would cause disturbances. He had ten convictions in Bermuda, ranging from “offensive behavior” to stealing to unlawful possession of a firearm. The Report claimed that, in 1962, a few members had discussed using incendiary devices and bombs on private property, while another had instructed others on the use of such weapons.

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