Independent Thought & Freedom
Episode 8

7: Erica Williams-Connell: A Daughter's Mission, Part 2

Kirk Meighoo published on

Erica Williams-Connell has embarked on a mission -- to keep alive and extend the legacy of her father, the world-famous historian of Slavery, Imperialism, and the Caribbean, and the first Prime Minister of independent Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Eric Williams.

The Eric Williams Memorial Collection, which she heads, is included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. But as with any great political figure, Dr. Eric Williams and his legacy is not without controversy by any means. Was his party's continuous 30-year reign in power dictatorial in any way? What was his record of race, religious and ethnic relations, between the Africans, Indians, Whites, Chinese and others? And he faced serious rebellions from the radical trade unionists, Black Power activists, and others right from 1960s up to his passing.

Erica Williams-Connell tells the fascinating story of growing up as a young child during these tumultuous years, after the death of her mother, leaving her father to care for her alone. Her experience of the Army Mutiny, the Black Power Revolution, and Independence -- where her father was sometimes hero and sometime "villain" -- are explored among other things.

If you missed last week's episode, please make sure that you listen to it first. There are some real gems there.

This is an exciting, lively discussion that you don't want to miss.

We re-join the second half of the conversation, in progress

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