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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2000

CONTACT:

Betsy Lawson
(781) 283-3321

 

ERIC WILLIAMS AND THE
PAN AFRICANIST MOMENT CONFERENCE
AT WELLESLEY, APRIL 7-9

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College Professor Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Africana Studies, is coordinating an international conference April 7-9 that will examine the career and contributions of Dr. Eric Eustace Williams in conjunction with the achievements of the Pan Africanist movement. Dr. Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for a quarter of a century until his death in 1981, was also the author of Capitalism and Slavery, a major work in the field. Wellesley College Professor Marcellus Andrews, Economics, will join Robin Blackburn, University of Essex, England; and other renowned scholars for the international conference April 7-9 in the Jewett Auditorium on Wellesley campus. The event is being sponsored by: Africana Studies, Wellesley College; W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University; and the Afro-American Studies Program, Brown University. For more information, contact: (781) 283-2563.

Concurrent with the conference will be an exhibition on the "The Eric Williams Memorial Collection" &endash; the library and archives of the late Dr. Eric Eustace Williams &endash; that has been placed on deposit with the University of the West Indies,Trinidad and Tobago campus, for the benefit of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

The Collection, bequeathed to his daughter, Erica Williams Connell, was inaugurated in March 1998 by General Colin L. Powell (USA. Ret.) in a glittering and historic ceremony that was televised live to the nation. In a passionate speech, Powell heralded Williams as a tireless warrior in the battle against colonialism, among his many other achievements as a scholar, politician an'd international statesman of renown who was once courted as a possible candidate to succeed UN Secretary General, U Thant. Williams was also one of the founding members of the Governing Council of the United Nations University with its headquarters in Tokyo.

The Collection will be on display on the Wellesley College campus in the atrium of the Clapp Library from April 7-13. Viewing of the Collection is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, contact Sally Linden at (781) 283-3452.

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