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Significant Events 1946-1959

1946/47- During an extended visit to England, Dr. E.F. Gordon presented a petition from the Bermuda Workers’ Association to the British Colonial Secretary outlining a number of concerns ranging from the limited franchise and restricted occupational opportunities. The Colonial Secretary responded by issuing a stern warning in a document labeled Command Paper 7093, strongly recommending positive and progressive changes to the colony's discriminatory laws.  

1948-   A Parliamentary Committee set up in Bermuda presented a Paper to the House of Assembly, recommending the gradual extension of the franchise and the measured expansion of opportunity in the Public Service for the black population. The Committee also favoured the continued segregation of the races, but urged equally good facilities for blacks and whites.  

1959-   In June, a theater boycott was launched by the Progressive Group as a protest against discriminatory seating policies in the cinemas. The boycott was a resounding success, and within two week Bermuda's theaters were desegregated, with the hotels, shops, banks and other establishments following suit shortly afterwards by abolishing long stand and firmly entrenched segregationist policies.