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Race and Resistance: Understanding Bermuda Today

Between 2015 and 2019, Bermudian academics and activists presented their groundbreaking work on race and resistance in the Bermuda context across four events hosted by the University of Oxford. 

In 2018, the Bermuda College and the Human Rights Commission of Bermuda, in partnership with The Oxford Centre for Global History and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) Race and Resistance Network, hosted a one-day symposium entitled 'Race and Resistance: Understanding Bermuda Today'. The symposium aimed to provide an accessible exploration of Bermuda's history of enslavement and racial segregation and the intersection of race, resistance and history in the contemporary Bermuda landscape. Three panels of academics and activists discussed the role of resistance in Bermuda's experiences, from founding and emancipation, to racial desegregation, to current issues and events. A final plenary session focused on ways to address the legacy of racism, understand patterns of resistance in Bermuda today and guide a path toward transformation. The Student Centre at the Bermuda College was also a lively 'Marketplace' for the day, showcasing local literature, artists and community groups. Special thanks to co-facilitators: Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, Sara Clifford and Alexa Virdi.

# Episode Title Description People Date
33 Welcome and opening address by event hosts Opening address from Kristin White and readings from the event hosts. Kristin White, Wale Adebanwi, Stephen Tuck, Rajai Denbrook 13 Jan 2022
32 Colonialism, Enslavement and Resistance 1612 - 1834 Founding of Bermuda and the Fight for Freedom, talk 1 Mike Jarvis 13 Jan 2022
31 A Tale of Two Women: Sally Bassett, Mary Prince and the True Story of Slavery in Bermuda Second talk on the 1612 - 1834 Founding of Bermuda and the Fight for Freedom panel, with ajala omodele. Ajala Omodele 14 Jul 2021
30 The Humanitarian Revolution and the Struggle for Human Rights 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 1 Clarence Maxwell 13 Jan 2022
29 A Consequence of Abolition: Racialised Policies .1612 - 1834 Founding of Bermuda and the Fight for Freedom, talk 4 Walton Brown 13 Jan 2022
28 Black Power and Bermuda 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 1 Quito Swan 13 Jan 2022
27 Narratives of Resistance 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 2 Kristy Warren 13 Jan 2022
26 A Case Study in Black Internationalism: Bermuda as part of the Diasporic Civil Rights Struggle 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 3 Theodore Francis 13 Jan 2022
25 The Demographics of Bermuda: From the Deportation of Free Black People to Racist White Immigration Policies 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 4 Lynne Winfield 13 Jan 2022
24 The Portuguese Community In Bermuda 1834 – 1959/71 Struggle for Desegregation: Post-emancipation, identity and immigration, talk 5 Rui Desa 13 Jan 2022
23 Race, Resistance and Fiction 1959 – 2018 The Pursuit of Equality and Justice: Past and Present, talk 1 Nicholas Tweed 13 Jan 2022
22 Muslim Persistence in Establishing Islamic Community Life in Bermuda (1960 – present) 1959 – 2018 The Pursuit of Equality and Justice: Past and Present, talk 2. Radell Tankard 18 Jan 2022
21 A Life of Resistance 1959 – 2018 The Pursuit of Equality and Justice: Past and Present, talk 3 Linda Bogle-Meinzer 18 Jan 2022
20 Challenging Oppressive Working Conditions: The Bermuda Industrial Union 1959 – 2018 The Pursuit of Equality and Justice: Past and Present, talk 4 Derick Burgess 18 Jan 2022
19 Final closing Closing comments by Dr. Phyllis Curtis Tweed. Nicholas Tweed, Phyllis Curtis Tweed 18 Jan 2022
18 Introduction to 'Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present' Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 1. Kristy Warren 24 Jan 2022
17 They Called Us Hoodlums: Media, Desegregation and the 1959 Bermuda Theatre Boycotts’ Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 2. Dana Selassie 24 Jan 2022
16 Goin’ dahn de road’: Racialised dialect parody in Bermuda’ Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 3. Rosemary Hall 24 Jan 2022
15 ‘MY NAME IS SUE’: The Mother of Mary Prince and the Racialised Abdication of Bermuda in the Authentication of Her History’ Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 4. LeYoni Junos 24 Jan 2022
14 Memories Lost in the Triangle: An Exploration of Bermuda’s Social Conditioning Through Racial Amnesia’ Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 5. H. Alicia Kirby 24 Jan 2022
13 ‘Bermuda gombey (re)connections: Covering and recovering indigeneity in the Black Atlantic’ Racialisation in (post)colonial Bermuda: Past and Present, talk 6. Sydney Hutchinson 24 Jan 2022
12 400 years of Courts in Bermuda, 1616-2016, Towards a Vision of Non-Racial Justice Race, Law and History, talk 1 Ian Kawaley, Chen Foley 24 Jan 2022
11 The Story of the Slaveship, Enterprise Race, Law and History, talk 2 Ben Adamson 24 Jan 2022
10 Post-Emancipation Legislation Race, Law and History, talk 3 Walton Brown 24 Jan 2022
9 Legislation is essential but not always adequate Race, Law and History, talk 4. Venous Memari 24 Jan 2022
8 The Intersection of Women’s Suffrage and Race Speaker name Kim Caines Race, Law and History, talk 5. Kimberley Caines 24 Jan 2022
7 Second Class Citizens: First Class Men Book reading 1. Eva Hodgson 25 Jan 2022
6 Island Flames: Murder, Execution and Racial Enmity – The Real Story of Bermuda’s 1977 Riots Book reading 2. Jonathan Smith 25 Jan 2022
5 Choir No. 1 and Choir No. 2 and Dr E. F. Gordon: Hero of Bermuda’s Working Class Book reading 3. Dale Butler 25 Jan 2022
4 Bermuda and The Struggle for Reform: Race, Politics and Ideology, 1944-1998 Book reading 4. Walton Brown Jr 25 Jan 2022
3 Our Lady of Labour: Dr Barbara Ball Book reading 5. Ottiwell Simmons 25 Jan 2022
2 Shackles of the Past by David Critchley Book reading 6. Wendy Davis Johnson 25 Jan 2022
1 An excerpt from ‘The History of Mary Prince’ Book reading 7. Treasure Tannock 25 Jan 2022