4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
About Theodore Francis
Theodore Francis is an Assistant Professor of History at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. After graduating from Morehouse College, Theodore earned his M.A. & Ph.D. in Caribbean-Atlantic World History at the University of Chicago.
He teaches courses on African-American, Caribbean and United States History. In addition, he advises the campus chapter of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), the International Students Association, and YNA Fellowship, an organization focused on mental health awareness and suicide-prevention.
His research interests focus on the history of segregation and Black leisure travel in the Caribbean and the Americas. He is currently working on a manuscript exploring the role of African American tourism in the Caribbean civil rights struggle to desegregate the British Colonial Island of Bermuda in the 1960s.
This presentation explores how segregation created barriers, complications, and unforeseen opportunities for black travel within the island, the wider Caribbean region and the United States.
Specifically, it examines how Bermuda’s black tourism sector – including guest house managers, black travel agents, musicians, taxi drivers, owners of clubs and tour services, etc. – played a key role in the struggle against transatlantic segregation during the early to mid-twentieth century.
Also, it explores how their businesses were informed by the island’s civil rights politics. It closes by considering the ways that Bermudian black tourism pioneered some of the business ideas and practices utilized by contemporary travel corporations and reflects on the lingering twenty-first century issues of traveling while black.
Wild Herbs and Plants in Bermuda
Come early and sample a taste of wild Bermuda as we support this unique Bermudian business.