It is important to note that there is an inextricable link between the AME Church and the pursuit of social justice. In this year when we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Theatre Boycott, it must be remembered that the movement that led to the desegregation of public places in Bermuda came out of the AME Church.
Under Papers and Communications to the House I have tabled for the records of this Legislature, the Writ by which the Governor has granted the posthumous pardon to Rev Monk.
I wish to thank the Governor for his thoughtful and thoroughly researched consideration of this Government’s request. I saw the working file on this case and it was considerable. This is no flight of fancy, but a decision made on the strength of the facts presented and one that finally does justice after 116 years.
It was Dr Martin Luther King who said: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”