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6 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches | 416 pages
Outspoken, accomplished, and frequently controversial, Bermudian physician and political leader Ewart F. Brown, M.D., has been a longtime champion of racial equality, human rights, and economic and social justice. In this event-filled memoir, he shares the experiences that most shaped him as a physician-politician committed to progressive change and that defined his often tumultuous time in office.
Brown's journey began with a childhood in a politically engaged family in a Bermuda then still legally segregated. He spent his pivotal high school years in Jamaica, where he excelled in both academics and athletics, then rose to national U.S. media attention as a leader of civil rights-based student activism at Howard University in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Brown practiced as a physician in inner-city Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s, while also finding time to become the inaugural medical director of the acclaimed musical festival Reggae Sunsplash. He entered electoral politics in Bermuda in the 1990s as a member of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP), and served as Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010.
Subject to unprecedented assaults by Bermuda's White establishment, Brown justified his signature campaign slogan, "Doc delivers," by working tirelessly to redress longstanding inequalities on behalf of all Bermudians. Yet because the White establishment had long since decided that he was way too “uppity,” Brown would forever be a lightning rod for controversy in Bermuda.
Brown explains how he fought for human rights and racial equality in the face of intense pushback from racist forces of entrenched financial and political power. These conflicts made global headlines in June 2009, when Brown’s administration gave asylum to four innocent Uighurs being released from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay. Brown’s account of that decision includes his secret negotiations with President Barack Obama’s White House as well as the opposition campaign to discredit him and the PLP that followed.
Enlivened by memorable interactions with figures as varied as activists Stokely Carmichael, Cleve Sellers, Minister Louis Farrakhan, and Rev. Al Sharpton, music legend Bob Marley, leading members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, senior officials in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and the U.K. governments of Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and David Cameron, and Caribbean leaders such as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas and Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad, as well as a vividly drawn cast of Bermudians from all walks of life, Whom Shall I Fear? 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.
“A unique narrative of the complicated history not only of Bermuda and its many challenges, but also of one of its own, a man who became a physician to help heal the sick and a politician to help heal his country. The life lessons—personal, professional, and political—that he shares have poignant relevance for our ever changing and always challenging times.”—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist; former correspondent for the New York Times, PBS, NPR, and CNN; and author of In My Place and To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
Ewart F. Brown, M.D., served as the Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010. Trained as a physician at Howard University, he opened the Vermont Century Medical Clinic in South Central Los Angeles before returning to his native Bermuda, where he founded Bermuda Healthcare Services. In 1993, he won election to Parliament representing the Progressive Labour Party, serving as Minister of Transport beginning in 1998 and later also as Minister of Tourism. As a Member of Parliament and then as Premier, Brown was a forceful and consistent advocate of racial equality, Bermudian independence, and equitable economic development.