Group to mark Theatre Boycott anniversary
A celebration will be held today to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1959 Theatre Boycott.
Imagine Bermuda, a community group, will hold the appreciation celebration at Hamilton City Hall with antiracism and performance groups.
Glenn Fubler, of Imagine Bermuda, said that the event was relevant because of the worldwide protests against institutionalised racism sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of a white police officer.
He added that he hoped the event would remind young people with low self-worth of the proud history that they had.
Mr Fubler said: “There’s a direct correlation between our young people having a sense of this important legacy and their conduct.”
He added: “In other words, the young people that are kind of going off track is, in part, related to having a lack of an appreciation of the legacy and the people on whose shoulders they stand.”
The two-week long Theatre Boycott demonstrations, started on June 15, 1959 and held mostly in the City Hall area, helped to demolish segregation in cinemas and other businesses.
Mr Fubler said that the celebration would involve performances to highlight the “spontaneous creative collaboration” that fuelled the protests.
Bands Hindsight and 2nd Division will give musical performances alongside teenaged singer Indigo Adamson.
Members of the arts group Chewstick will also take part.
Lovitta Foggo, the community affairs minister, and a representative from the One Bermuda Alliance will highlight the significant contribution of the protesters.
Kristin White, the leader of Social Justice Bermuda, which organised a march in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign last month, will speak about the continued significance of the Theatre Boycott.
A presentation on the 1959 campaign will also be shown.
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