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Color: Orange
Food: Seafood
Quote: I'm making lemonade out of lemons.
Season: Warm
Vacation Destination: Turks and Caicos
Birthplace
Bermuda
Interview Description:

Biography |

Interview Date: 08/20/2017

Prime Minister of Bermuda and doctor Ewart Brown was born on May 17, 1946 in Flatts Village, Bermuda to Ewart D.A. Brown and Helene Darrell Brown. Brown began his education in Bermuda at Central School and the Bermuda Technical Institute. Brown was then sent to Spanish Town, Jamaica, where he attended St. Jago High School. In 1964, Brown enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C, where he studied chemistry. He was a leader of the1968 student occupation of Howard University’s administration building that demanded reforms at the school, and negotiated an agreement with the university’s trustees. Brown earned his B.Sc. degree from Howard in 1968. He continued his studies at Howard University and received his M.D. degree in 1972. Brown had hoped to practice medicine in Bermuda but, after being denied a medical license on account of his political views, moved to California instead. While in California, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his M.S. in public health.

Following his graduation from U.C.L.A., Brown opened the Vermont Century Medical Clinic in South Central Los Angeles. However, in 1988, he was finally able to obtain a medical license in Bermuda and returned home. During the same year, he founded Bermuda Healthcare Services. Brown, who had remained active in politics since a young age, then won an election to the Parliament of Bermuda as a member of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP). In 1998, he was promoted to the position of Minister of Transport when the PLP became Bermuda’s ruling party. Brown became deputy premier of the Bermuda government in 2003. In 2006, after defeating Alex Scott in a leadership contest within the PLP, Brown took office as Premier of Bermuda. During his time in office, Brown is known for implementing restrictions on vehicle ownership, advocating form Bermuda’s independence from the United Kingdom, and agreeing to resettle four Uighur Muslims who had been freed from their imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay by the United States. He also continued his medical practice while in office and founded the Brown-Darrel Clinic in 2008 with his wife. Brown stepped down as Premier in 2010.

Brown and his wife, Wanda Henton Brown, live in New York, New York.

Ewart Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 20, 2017.

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