Students Mark Anniversary Of Theatre Boycott

June 15, 2017

June 15th marks the 58th anniversary of the start of the Theatre Boycott in 1959, and in observance of this significant milestone, Imagine Bermuda hosted a luncheon for a dozen students, representing schools from across the Island.

“This event took place in Flatt’s so that after enjoying a pizza lunch over conversations regarding the significance of this chapter of our shared heritage, the students were able to retrace the footsteps of members of the Progressive Group from the Aquarium, up to the former-home of Eduoard and Roslyn Williams,” Imagine Bermuda said.

“It was at that home that those local heroes met secretly for several weeks, deep in conversations shaping a vision for a better Bermuda. It was the aim to maintain that secrecy, by walking that quarter-mile, that the parking lot at the Aquarium became one of the preferred options.

“It is important to note that it was in that spirit of envisioning a better future for Bermuda, that the idea of the Boycott was hatched. It is arguable that this same spirit leveraged a speedy and peaceful success for that campaign.

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“Student representatives from Berkeley, B.H.S., B.I., Dellwood, M.S.A., Saltus, Somersfield, Warwick Academy and Whitney used this opportunity to reflect on the significance of the role played by that small group of ‘pioneers’ in transforming Bermuda into the society we enjoy today. As we approach Heroes Day, the students considered those qualities of character exemplified by these heroes who all display the quality of humility.

“The students were encouraged to consider that how even in their young lives, they would have been called to display some heroism, no matter how small, in various life circumstances. This helps prove the old adage: “we can all make a difference”.

“At the driveway of this ‘meeting place’, the students paused for a period of 59 seconds of quiet reflection before returning to the restaurant in order to debrief that sacred moment. It is worth noting that this home served not only as an incubator for the removing formal segregation, but also founded the campaign to guarantee the Right to Vote for all Bermudians.

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“Student List: Berkeley: Kal-Shae Mathews; B.H.S.: Sophie Pettingill & Sion Symonds; B.I.: Chervonne Hodsoll & Dori Caines; Dellwood: Delquan Trott ; M.S.A.: Jehkio Bean-Lightborne; Saltus: Toriah Smith; Somersfield: Mason Outerbridge; Warwick Academy: Mya Gibbons; Whitney: Seth Hardtman.

“The students were reminded that while the Progressive Group had a grand total of 18 members, at any one time there were no more than a dozen of them collaborating on their projects. This was a reminder to them that small groups can make a difference in the world.”

Imagine Bermuda is planning to involve the wider community in an observance of the anniversary of the successful conclusion of the Boycott on Sunday, July 2nd.

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  1. Yes,yes says:

    Great idea Image Bermuda. Well done Mr Fubler. Looking back to see the challenges people had is so important and how they overcame them.

    • OVERCAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      We are STILL overcoming with these anti-Bermudian policies !!!!!!!!!!!!
      And they will feel it in de future.

    • bdaboy says:

      ” Looking back to see the challenges people had is so important and how they overcame them”

      …and now those very same people are protesting to prevent equality for all Bermudians. Hypocrites!

  2. Rocky5 says:

    They lessons to be learned from history are to not repeat history.

  3. De more things change de more they stay de same.

    • priviledged says:

      content-less comment, give an example, or is empty rhetoric all you are capable of?

      • Anti Bermudian policies.

        • get real says:

          wow nice and general… wonder why? ;)

        • Mike Hind says:

          Aren’t you one of the people that opposes Bermudians from having equal access to rights because you don’t like who they fell in love with?

          If anyone is anti-Bermudian, it’s you!

    • bdaboy says:

      “De more things change de more they stay de same.”

      Exactly, you got yours, so now you screw over the LGBT community by actively trying to prevent them from having the same rights as everyone else.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Only in your pea sized brain lol.

  4. CT says:

    Perhaps Eduoard and Roslyn Williams ought to be next year’s Heroes for Heroes Day?