Indomitable warrior for civil rights and racial justice

  • Dawn Simmons is the chairwoman of the Progressive Labour Party

    Dawn Simmons is the chairwoman of the Progressive Labour Party


The officers and members of the Progressive Labour Party are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of Bermuda’s most prolific warriors in the fight for civil rights and racial equality, the indomitable Eva Naomi Hodgson, PhD, OBE.

Dr Hodgson was a fierce advocate for racial equality in Bermuda. She was also a fierce critic of organisations and governments that she felt did not do enough to advance the cause of racial equality. This advocacy often resulted in her being targeted for being too “racial”, or too controversial. However, in 2020, locally and globally, we still see evidence of the racial scourge to which she often spoke. The officers and members of the PLP remain committed to equality and ensuring that race is not a barrier to success in Bermuda.

As an educator and author, she took the opportunity to tell the stories of racial inequality in Bermuda and educate her readers.

Dr Hodgson was educated at the Queen’s University, where she received her undergraduate degree, and then subsequently received her Diploma in Education and honours degree in geography from London University.

She taught at the Berkeley Institute and was the first president of the Amalgamated Bermuda Union of Teachers. Dr Hodgson also studied at Columbia University, where she received two master’s degrees, and then her PhD in African History and Black American History.

Dr Hodgson was the author of the acclaimed book Second Class Citizens, First Class Men, which spoke to the political and social conditions in Bermuda in the 1950s and 1960s. Dr Hodgson’s advocacy to address racial problems motivated the United Bermuda Party Government to establish the Commission for Unity and Racial Equality in the early 1990s; it would be merged with the Human Rights Commission in 2010.

While Dr Hodgson achieved much, it is clear she also sacrificed much by being an outspoken critic and campaigner for racial and social equality. It would have been much easier for her had she complied with the status quo, but that’s not what warriors do.

We celebrate the contributions that the venerable Eva Hodgson made to our island home, and we celebrate her life and all she gave to Bermuda.

We join her family in mourning her loss and we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Sleep in peace, Dr Hodgson.

Dawn Simmons is the chairwoman of the Progressive Labour Party

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Jun 1, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 7:43 am)

Indomitable warrior for civil rights and racial justice

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts