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Dr Eric Williams Has been an outstanding educator, and it could be rightly said that he educated a nation and even a region. But his services to education goes far beyond national boundaries, and embraces enduring international scholarship. Born in Trinidad, Eric Williams was his father's hope as he wrote in his biographic book. "My father knew that what he had never been given the opportunity to achieve with his brains, he might with his lions. The island scholarship for his son became the dream of his life." Williams attended the celebrated Queens Royal College the premier school in Trinidad where one of his masters was C.L.R. James, also destined to become a world renowned intellectual. Eric proved brilliant in his studies especially Latin, French and Spanish and later history, and also distinguished himself on the sporting field. Eric duly won the solitary island scholarship, and progressed to Oxford University. There he astonished the other students as well as his tutor, by his proficiency in Latin. In his two other languages he was also years ahead of the class, much to their chagrin, as he was a colonial. Not surprisingly Williams took first class honours in his Bachelor degree, and it was while he was spending time with James in Lancashire, where he'd gone to see Constantine play cricket, that he mentioned to James what he planned to study for his PhD. James helped him with his proposal, and the outcome of his thesis, with some more research and development, was the celebrated landmark book "Capitalism and Slavery". This book followed in theme C.L.R. James's 'Black Jacobins', and debunked most of the work done previously by mostly British historians, as they were shown to be seriously subjective when dealing with slavery. Indeed such was the effect of what Williams found out, that he was approached by persons who hoped to bribe him to change his findings! Williams was steadfast and refused to be bought. He began to teach at the prestigious black Howard University in the United States, where he remained before he returned to the Caribbean as Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Commission. While serving at the Commission he wrote many papers, gave lectures and put forward proposals to develop the region, which only gained him the envy and distrust of both the Americans and British. This led to his contract not being renewed. Williams then decided to use his education, which he said was given at the people's expense, to in turn educate the people. This he did in Woodford Square, a large public park in central Port of Spain. Williams would hold lecture after lecture on topics of national and international concerns there, and tens of thousands would attend. Such was his teaching that it was referred to as the University of Woodford Square. The famed writer George Lamming said "Dr Williams is already history, living history. No other West Indian politician has exposed himself so consistently to that gravest of all political risks; the risk of refusing to talk down to an electorate. He distinguished very early and quite clearly the difference between formal education which is often wasteful and native intelligence by demanding at all times an adult attention and response to his lectures. This was an example probably the first of its kind in our part of the world, of the teacher, in the noblest sense of teacher, turned politician, and of politician, in the truly most moral sense of politician, turned teacher." Williams launched the Peoples National Party (PNP) in Woodford Square, read its proposed constitution there, and carried out his education programme nation-wide by holding public lectures island wide. His PNM in due course came to power, with him becoming Premier and then Prime Minister upon Trinidad & Tobago's independence. Dr Eric Williams never lost an election but his work as an educator surpasses all else that he did. Another of his books 'From Columbus To Castro', can be considered as a bequest to the Caribbean people, this book details an over view of the whole history of the Caribbean.