Whom Shall I Fear?: Pushing the Politics of Change

Whom Shall I Fear?: Pushing the Politics of Change

by Ewart Frederick Brown

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Overview

Outspoken, accomplished, and frequently controversial, Bermudian physician and political leader Ewart Brown, MD, 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 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.

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), when opponents dubbed him "Dr. Revenge," and served as Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010. Today, as an elder statesman of the PLP, he remains a lightning rod for controversy in Bermuda.

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. In Whom Shall I Fear? he recounts how he brought hard-won progress to Bermuda in infrastructure, which he transformed with a system of fast ferries; employment, where he helped Black and White Bermudians overcome the traditional disadvantages they suffered compared to expatriate workers from abroad; and social services, where he launched FutureCare, the country's first comprehensive health insurance program for senior citizens. Brown explains how he stewarded the island's major economic sectors through the Great Recession and fought for human rights and racial equality in the face of intense push-back from racist forces of entrenched financial and political power.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979008030
Publisher: Rivertowns Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Ewart Frederick Brown was born in Bermuda in 1946. He attended primary and secondary schools in Bermuda before going to Jamaica, where he was an outstanding student-athlete at St. Jago High School in Spanish Town. In 1966 he represented Bermuda at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, where he ran the 400 meters and 1600 meter relay.

Brown attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he served as president of the Howard University Student Association and captained the track team. After graduating from Howard with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry, he received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine. He also earned an M.P.H., with an emphasis on child health, maternal family population control, and international health from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Dr. Brown has served as a trustee of both Howard University and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; assistant professor in the Department of Family Practice at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; director, Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles, California; and vice president of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (California Federation).
He is a former member of the California State Commission on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, a former director of Marina Hills Hospital in Los Angeles, and a founding commissioner of the Board of Prevention Commissioners for South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. He was also a founder and chairman of the board of directors of Western Park Hospital in Los Angeles.

After working as a physician in Los Angeles for many years, he returned home to Bermuda, where he served as a Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2010, Deputy Premier from 2003 to 2006, and Premier from 2006 to 2010.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of many awards including the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, the Grassroots Health Award from the Sons of Watts, California, the Community Leadership Award of the Dubois Academic Institute, the Pacesetter Award of the NAACP, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles, the Scroll Award of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, and the Scroll of Merit Award from the National Medical Association. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Howard University in 2009, when he also delivered the 142nd Opening Convocation Address.

He is married to Wanda Henton Brown, and he has four sons: Kevin, Maurice, Ewart III, and Donovan; and three grandchildren: Caleb, Kira, and Kesi.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Politics of Change

Part One: Finding My Way

1. Great Expectations

2. Almost Hopeless

3. Back on Track?

4. Campus Radical

5. Becoming a Physician: Sufficiently Counter-Racist?

6. Private Practice and Public Policy

7. "This Is Our Country!"

Part Two: Joining the Fight

8. Powerless in Parliament

9. A Seat at the Table

10. Personal Changes and Political Upheaval

11. Dissident MPs, Triumphant Premier

12. Election and Rebellion

13. Now or Never

Part Three: Prescribing for a Nation

14. Looking for a Hammer

15. Leading in Times of Turmoil

16. The Year of the Uighurs

17. Delivering Change

Part Four: The Battle Continues

18. Out of Office, Under Eternal Investigation

Epilogue: "To Thine Own Self Be True"

Acknowledgments

Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Index

About the Author

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