Black power in Bermuda : the struggle for decolonization

Swan, Quito

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  • Creator Quito Swan
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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  • Physical Details
    • xxii, 240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780230619067, 0230619061
  • OCLC ocn299703178


  • "A transnational, Pan-African youth movement, Black power in Bermuda sought freedom for Blacks from the island's White oligarchy and independence from British colonialism. It was spearheaded by activists such as Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Black Beret Cadre. The Cadre maintained relationships with revolutionary organizations across the African diaspora, such as the Black Panthers. Emerging in the late 1960s, the movement witnessed the assassinations of Bermuda's British chief of police and governor (1972-1973). Swan carefully details the island's colonial government's attempts to destroy the movement through military tactics, extensive propaganda, and the implementation of token social concessions"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction: the truth is an offense : Black power in a British colony -- Negroes dressed in insolence : boycotts, Black Muslims, and racial uprisings -- Another unknown soldier : Pauulu -- A Bermuda Triangle of imperialism -- Blueprint for freedom : Bermuda's Black Power Conference of 1969 -- Wake the town and tell the people : the Black Beret Cadre emerges -- The empire strikes back : the government's war against the Berets -- We don't need no water : the Cadre burns the Union Jack -- Robin Hood was Black in my hood : "Erskine" Buck Burrows and the assassinations (1972-1977) -- Conclusion: Babylon give them a ride : Blackness in contemporary Bermuda
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