Glenn Fubler

Bermuda Day Grand Marshal 2022, Togetherness

Glenn Fubler counts himself lucky to have been a teen in the 1960’s: a transformative period globally. Through his extended family and news sources, he learned about social movements, including those of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. His mother, Lorraine Fubler, led by example, fostering in him a sense of responsibility to the wider community. After studying at Elliott Primary, Bermuda Technical Institute and Berkeley Institute, he attended the Sixth Form Center pursuing A levels, before entering University of Miami with the initial goal of becoming a Marine Biologist. While there, he served as President of the school’s United Black Student organisation. During summer vacations in Bermuda, Mr. Fubler joined the Black Beret Cadre – a local group promoting social justice. He later transferred to Howard University, maintaining his activism; and after two years of graduate school, he returned home to teach biology at Berkeley. He also started a Defense Fund for “Buck” Burrows and Larry Tacklyn and subsequently helped initiate the campaign, attempting to prevent their hangings.

While teaching he became a union activist, playing a role during the historic Labour Crisis of 1981 which brought together an unprecedented cross-section of community stakeholders, effecting a peaceful resolution, despite the challenging circumstances. Following that, he served as President of the Bermuda Union of Teachers, followed by a term as the BUT’s Executive Officer. During the 1980’s he also co-founded the local anti-Apartheid movement which brought together unions and other sectors of the Island in solidarity with the people of South Africa. Mr. Fubler went on to teach briefly at Warwick Academy and then at the Bermuda College, before joining Government’s Labour Department as Labour Relations Officer. From the 1990’s onward, he continued his activism through entities such as Imagine Bermuda; and, in 1999, he encouraged members of the Progressive Group to ‘step forward’, fostering wider appreciation of our shared legacy.

Since his retirement in 2013, Mr. Fubler has maintained his activism in the community, focused on fostering collaboration across the various sectors. More recently, he’s been involved with a team of volunteers at Westgate, in an initiative called the Personal Empowerment Circle, which looks to promote a transformative spirit in those incarcerated. This is in keeping with a passion to promote an Island-wide conversation, seeking a shared vision for a better Bermuda.

Note: Ever the activist, Mr. Fubler chose to share Bermudian history with the Bermuda Day Parade presenters in lieu of being a parade participant.