HAMILTON, Bermuda – Premier Dr. Ewart Brown of Bermuda received a Luminary Award Thursday night from the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) at a black tie gala in New York City. AFUWI acknowledged the Premier’s career in medicine, politics and his commitment to young people.
In an acceptance speech Premier Brown said in part: “This fine institution of higher learning represents so many positive symbols and figures in the Afro-Caribbean experience. I am flattered you would see fit to count me among the illustrious UWI family.
“I thank my wife and my family for their compassionate understanding of my lofty ambitions and unending work.
“Of course I would like to also thank the people of Bermuda for their consistent support and my Government colleagues for the work they put in to make Bermuda a prosperous place in which to live.”
AFUWI is a charitable organisation with a mission to raise funds in the United States to enhance higher education at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Premier Brown with his award
As has been previously announced, the Bermuda Government has embarked on an effort to become a “financial contributor” to UWI which would give Bermudians the opportunity to attend the school at deeply discounted tuition rates.
Harry Belafonte on Premier Brown
The Premier has called the move an investment in Bermuda’s human capital.
Actor Danny Glover and founding Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Sir Courtney Blackman were also among the award recipients at the foundation’s gala Thursday night. Harry Belafonte served as Honourary Patron.