Anniversary Of Theatre Boycott To Be Marked

July 1, 2016

Imagine Bermuda is coordinating various events to mark the anniversary of the 1959 Theatre Boycott, saying they wish to draw from the legacy with the “goal of looking forward to foster collaboration towards a better Bermuda.”

Imagine Bermuda said, “The anniversary of the success of the Theatre Boycott, July 2, offers all of the Island’s residents, the opportunity to express appreciation to those that brought about the most significant watershed of 20th Century Bermuda; reflect on any lessons drawn and consider how today, we might leverage that shared legacy for moving forward.

“The secret Progressive Group in 1959 took on the challenge of a segregated and regressive society with a positive mindset. Thinking globally, they would have drawn from parallels around the World.

“Their focus was on imagining a better Bermuda; spending weeks drafting specific possibilities for a changed society, prior to the Boycott. They acted – locally – in a way that empowered the grassroots of our community; fostering a sense of personal independence.

“On July 2, 2016, retail partners are joining in this Celebration by offering a free pass [up to a certain amount] to one customer on that date. On Saturday July 2nd at a synchronized time, at a cash register in participating stores, a customer will enjoy at least some of their purchase, free of cost, as a part of the Celebration.

“While most of us will not receive a free pass, all of us – today – enjoy various freedoms that are rooted in the steps taken in 1959 by those pioneers. Today, we are all encouraged to consider taking a personal step that could benefit upcoming generations.

“The eight stores participating, include: Brown & Co.; Collector’s Hill Apothecary; Hunt’s Food & Supplies; Lindo’s Devonshire & Warwick; People’s Pharmacy, the Phoenix Centre and the Shopping Centre [Marketplace].

“Also on Saturday, July 2nd from 3 – 5 pm at Chewstick’s Culture Hub at 81 Front St., there will be the showing of the movie “When Voices Rise”, an account of the Boycott. Following the viewing of this 74 minute film, the audience will spend a period dialoguing on the lesson drawn from the expereince.

“On Sunday July 3rd from 2 – 4 pm there will be a Gathering of residents, to draw from this shared legacy with the goal of looking forward, to foster collaboration towards a better Bermuda. Anyone interested in participating should email by the close of Friday 1/7/16.”

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  1. Its me again says:

    Waiting for the semi racist comments to begin.

  2. Modern Age says:

    Why can’t people stop paying attention to the past and start paying attention to the current and start thinking about the future? The only reason that slavery and segregation keep getting rehashed is so that more grief and hatred can brew in the population. There is no other reason to draw constant attention to bad things of the past. Let the bad dream be gone and enjoy being awake now, please.
    I was JUST reading an article on how Stacey Dash was making a public statement against such things, aimed at the man who was rehashing dischord at the BET awareds, I will quote her as I think her words are good, “Stacey Dash is definitely not impressed with Jesse Williams’ headline-making speech on racism and inequality at the BET Awards on Sunday.

    In a blog post on Wednesday, the 49-year-old always outspoken actress bashed Williams’ speech, calling the entire BET network racist.

    “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: BET is keeping racism and segregation alive and this past Sunday’s awards show proves it,” Dash writes. “Particularly the speech given by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, whose tirade after receiving the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award for his black activism was nothing short of an attack on white people.”

    Thank you Stacey Dash, who is black incase you dont know, for letting us know that the mistakes of the past should be buried and to live on with the future. Stop dwelling on the negative because you are brewing MORE HATRED. I think you all know it, and I think that is why you are doing it. You dont want people to forget how mean and ‘evil’ whites were or “are”. Do adults keep complaining to each other about wrongs they did as children? No. They grow up and move on. Theatre segregation was decades ago, so stop rehashing. You already got a statue to commemorate the boycott, which cost the Bermudian public about 50 bike parking bays.

  3. Onion Juice says:


  4. Coffee says:

    Oh, the irony of 2016 and Shawn Crockwells revelation of racism at the core of sociopolitical life in paradise !

  5. Rene C says:

    How fitting!!
    Let’s contrast the theatre boycott and the struggle for equality with todays LBGT struggle for equality. Imagine if someone said let’s put it to a referendum.
    Of course people will say ” but its different”