“Perhaps the most outstanding personality thus far produced by Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Eustace Williams was born on 25 September 1911 and educated at Oxford University in England. After achieving his PhD, he lectured for some years in sociology and political science at Howard University in the United States. In 1948, he was appointed to the Caribbean Commission which investigated the social and economic conditions within the region. Returning to Trinidad, Williams established the People's National Movement political party in 1955 and led the country to independence in 1962, becoming the country’s first Prime Minister. He remained in post until his death on 29 March 1981.”

Extract from A Black Studies Primer: Heroes and Heroines of the African Diaspora by Keith A.P. Sandiford