History Revisited: BBC television interview of Mary Eugenia Charles
May 14, 2015 7:09 P.M
Dame Mary Eugenia Charles (1988)
London, England (TDN)
May 15 marks the birthday of former Dominica prime minister Dame Mary Eugenia Charles. In this fascinating documentary, the British Broadcasting Services (BBC) traveled to Dominica in 1988 to interview the prime minister. In addition to the interview there is rare video footage of Hurricane David, and different aspects of Dominican life and culture..
The cameras also followed her to the iconic meeting with Ronald Reagan at the White House on the eve of the United States invasion of Grenada and her visit to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, both considered to be iconic women leaders of their time.
Also featured in the documentary is her candid opinion of former prime minister Patrick Roland John referring to him as ‘a phony’, claiming that she saw through him the first time they met. There are also her reflections on never getting married and compelling video of her ease walking among the people of Dominica without any security detail.
In her 1988 Independence speech, she announced that she would contest one more general election and would not rest until (1) the rural electrification of the island was complete, (2) pipe borne water was in every home; and (3) she completed the building of an international airport.
Dame Eugenia Charles was born on May 15, 1919 and served as Dominica’s prime minister from 1980 to 1995. She died on September 6, 2005.