Brown to unveil event-filled’ memoirs
An autobiographical book by a controversial former Bermuda premier will be unveiled tonight.
Ewart Brown’s Whom Shall I Fear? Pushing the Politics of Change will be launched at St Paul AME Church’s Centennial Hall in Hamilton from 5pm to 7pm.
The 434-page book was billed as a “event-filled memoir” of the turbulent times of Dr Brown.
A spokesman said that Dr Brown “recounts how he transformed Bermuda’s local transport with a system of fast ferries, provided new pivotal air service for resident and visitors alike with the introduction of lower-cost international carriers and increased cruise travel to Bermuda by mega ships with the development of Bermuda’s Dockyard as an internationally competitive port destination that locals also enjoy”.
He added that the book also discussed Dr Brown’s work to place more Bermudians in top-level jobs, create opportunities for young black entrepreneurs and black business owners and to introduce FutureCare — “the country’s first comprehensive health insurance programme for senior citizens”.
Dr Brown entered Bermuda politics as an MP in 1993 for the Progressive Labour Party and was Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010.
The spokesman said the book also detailed Dr Brown’s “secret negotiations” with United States President Barack Obama’s White House to give asylum to four Uighurs released from a detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in June 2009.
He said that the book also highlighted “memorable interactions” with activists including Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton and political leaders such as US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and British prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, as well as with musician Bob Marley.
The spokesman added that Dr Brown’s book “tells a story rich in human and political insight that will fascinate readers interested in the global African diaspora and its continuing quest for racial justice and equality”.
Events are also planned for tomorrow night from 5pm to 7pm at the National Gallery and from noon to 5pm on Thursday at the Bermuda Industrial Union.
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