Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization

Paperback | September 15, 2010

byQuito Swan

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A transnational, pan-African youth movement, Black Power in Bermuda sought freedom for Blacks from the island’s White oligarchy and independence from British colonialism. It was spearheaded by activists such as Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Black Beret Cadre. The Cadre maintained relationships with revolutionary organizations across the African Diaspora, such as the Black Panthers. Emerging in the late 1960s, the Movement witnessed the assassinations of Bermuda’s British Chief of Police and Governor (1972-1973). Swan carefully details the island’s colonial government’s attempts to destroy the Movement through military tactics, extensive propaganda, and the implementation of token social concessions.

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A transnational, pan-African youth movement, Black Power in Bermuda sought freedom for Blacks from the island’s White oligarchy and independence from British colonialism. It was spearheaded by activists such as Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Black Beret Cadre. The Cadre maintained relationships with revolutionary organizations across the ...

Quito Swan is currently Assistant Professor of History at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He teaches courses on the global African Diaspora. His primary research interests include transnational Black protest and anti-colonial movements, Garveyism, Black Power, and socio-cultural movements in the modern African Diaspora. This is hi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230109582

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Truth is An Offense: Black Power in a British Colony * Negroes Dressed in Insolence: Boycotts, Black Muslims and Racial Uprisings (1959-1968) * Another Unknown Soldier: Pauulu Kamarakafego * A Bermuda Triangle of Imperialism * Blueprint for Freedom: The 1969 Black Power Conference * Wake the Town and Tell the People: The Black Beret Cadre Emerges * The Empire Strikes Back: The Government’s War Against the Berets * We Don’t Need No Water: The Cadre Burns the Union Jack * Robin Hood Was Black in My Hood: “Buck” Burrows and the Assassinations (1972-1977) * Conclusion: Babylon Gave Them a Ride: Blackness in Contemporary Bermuda

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“Black Power and Decolonization both have been profoundly pivotal movements but it is only with the publication of this marvelous and riveting book that these two potent trends have been linked so effectively. Persuasively argued and beautifully written, this book makes an effective case for the importance of Bermuda as a laboratory for political developments that reverberated significantly on the U.S. mainland.”—Gerald Horne, Author of Mau Mau in Harlem?: The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya“Black Power in Bermuda is a concise and scholarly discussion of the struggle for civil rights, Black nationalism, and political independence evolving in Bermuda during the mid to late twentieth century. Dr. Swan grounds his analysis in the historical context for rights that was pursued by blacks in Bermuda before this period and he demonstrates the interconnectedness between these local political movements and the larger, global, anti-colonialism of the period. Bermuda, he demonstrates, was part them: as influential contributor, as receiver of influence. Dr. Swan’s narrative, strongly reflective of classic historiographic method, adeptly utilizing considerable primary and secondary source material, provides an important and powerful voice to the discourse on Bermuda’s political history, and is destined to become a classic in the field.”--Clarence V.H. Maxwell, Assistant Professor, Latin American and Caribbean History, Millersville University