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Honour from his alma mater: Dr Ewart Brown (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Ewart Brown, a former Premier, is set to be honoured tomorrow by Howard University.

The university will present Dr Brown with the Senator Edward Brooke award for his support of the school and efforts to recruit medical students.

A Trustee of the Washington school, Dr Brown and his family had offered a Brown Family Scholarship specifically for Bermudian undergraduate or postgraduate students who wish to pursue their educations in the fields of health sciences, dentistry, nursing and medicine.

In the spring of 1968, Dr Brown was student government leader and led protests culminating in the takeover of the administration building, Douglass Hall, from March 19 to 23.

The students — like others of their generation around the world — were demanding more rights, a more inclusive curriculum and an end to the Vietnam War and military draft. In addition to being a trustee, Dr Brown delivered the prestigious convocation address at the University’s 142nd Convocation in 2009. Edward Brooke, a graduate of the class of 1941 and a lawyer, was the first black person elected to the Senate of the United States in 1966, serving in the US upper chamber of Congress until 1978. Dr Brown said: “I am humbled and excited to receive this award which is named after an iconic Howard alum.”

Expert advice: famed psychologist Kenneth Clarke sits next to a young Ewart Brown, head of the student government at Howard University, at the height of the student-led takeover of Douglas Hall, the main admistration building, from March 19 to 23, 1968. Dr Clarke would advise US presidents and even Bermuda's United Bermuda Party. Dr. Brown would return to Bermuda in the early 1990s and was the ninth Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010 (AP photograph Bob Schutz)