The Black Power Conference at Hamilton, Bermuda which its organiser boasted Even God can't stop, has so far confounded all expectations by remaining peaceful.
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Background: The Black Power Conference at Hamilton, Bermuda which its organiser boasted Even God can't stop, has so far confounded all expectations by remaining peaceful.
For some days before the Conference opened on Thursday (July 10) there was speculation that it would be the occasion for inter-racial violence. The Bermuda legislature had given permission for the Conference -- the first Caribbean Regional Conference -- to be held on the island. But Bermuda's Governor -- the island is Britain's oldest colony -- called in over 100 British Royal Marines in case of trouble.
All the island's police were put on permanent alert and immigration controls, previously extremely lax, were suddenly tightened. Several delegates to the Conference were turned back at immigration as being on a list of undesirable aliens.
The organiser of the Conference, Mr. Roosevelt Brown, an opposition Progressive Labour Party member of the Bermudan House of Assembly, who has for some time been leading a Black campaign among the predominantly coloured Bermudan population, accused the authorities of trying to stop the meeting taking place. He also suggested that the British Secret Service and the United States C.I.A. were sending in gun carrying agents to create disturbances among the people.
But when the Conference finally opened, with the colourful Mr. Brown arriving at Hamilton City Hall with his girl friend in a sportscar, all was quiet, and has remained so.
About 2,000 delegates, from many countries with Black Power movements, have been hearing speakers, who included Trinidad author politician C.D.H. James, Mr. Brown, and American Black Power advocate Benjamin Wright, over the past three days.
The Conference's deliberations have been conducted without a white man, or a journalist of any kind, in the hall. Even cameramen filming outside the hall had their lenses obstructed.