Awe-inspiring mix of courage, determination and commitment
It is often said that a prophet has no honour in his own country. So it can be said of Eva Hodgson.
Although we met and talked on occasion, I did not know Dr Hodgson well. The last time I saw her was in July 2018 at the Bermuda Industrial Union headquarters, where she was honoured in the annual Dr Kenneth E. Robinson/Dr Cyril Outerbridge Packwood Memorial lecture.
There was standing room only, with people filling the hallways of the BIU to come to have “A Conversation with Dr Eva Hodgson”.
A film created and directed by Milton Raposo, of Method Media, was shown, followed by an interview with Dr Hodgson by Meredith Ebbin. One could not believe that Dr Hodgson was 93 years old. Her wit was in fine form, and her energy and zeal were unmatched.
As founder of the National Organisation for Reconciliation, Dr Hodgson stated that she had spent a good part of her life addressing the racial divide and that, in 2018, she did not see that we had made much progress as a country.
In her remarks, Dr Hodgson called on the government of the day to have courage, determination and true commitment to proceed with “pushing unabashedly affirmative-action policies”.
In 2011, Dr Hodgson was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her commitment to addressing racial inequality. In 2018, she rightfully determined that little progress had been made in terms of addressing racial or economic disparity.
Here in 2020, economic equality and racial equality are all but pipe dreams, being viewed as it is in real time on the world stage as protests over the inhumane and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, enter their seventh day.
Dr Hodgson’s life was an active demonstration of what she called on us to possess and live out — courage, determination and commitment.
Well done to Bermuda’s good and faithful servant.
• Leah Scott is the Deputy Leader of the One Bermuda Alliance and the Opposition MP for Southampton East Central (Constituency 30)
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