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Memories of ‘The Invictus’

July 3, 2013

Dear Sir,

Here is a historical coincidence.

Some 60 years ago, a music teacher, one Joseph Richards struggled to teach to a class of young, black students a song called ‘The Invictus’. The song was to be sung on a special occasion which was held annually, at The Berkeley Institute.

The Berkeley Institute was a unique secondary school which was established to educate students regardless of race during a period in Bermuda when racism was rampant and the order of things.

I cannot remember the exact date, but the choir stood on the steps of the upper porch of The Berkeley Institute and received a standing ovation for two renditions: ‘The Invictus’ and ‘Home on the Range’.

Many years later, I have learned that Nelson Mendela, one of Africa most revered leaders, took great inspiration from the poem ‘The Invictus’.

The point of this letter, Mr Acting Editor is:

1. Where was Nelson Mendela on the day that a choir of young black children in a segregated society, was gustily singing a song written from a poem which inspired him and lifted his spirits while he was being persecuted in his own segregated society?

2. I wonder how many of that choir is still alive or who even remember the incident.


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Published July 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 03, 2013 at 9:39 pm)

Memories of ‘The Invictus’

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