"History Provides the Blueprint" explores the life of Dr. Eric E. Williams and the legacy of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection (EWMC).
Dr. Williams was the first Afro-Caribbean to graduate from Oxford with a Ph.D. in 1938. Author of the still controversial book "Capitalism and Slavery", this scholar-turned-statesman became the first prime minister of the twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. His contribution in establishing a nation out of its British colonial roots, and in valuing the role of national education remain two of his many significant imprints.
The EWMC is the Anglophone Caribbean's first-ever research library, archives and museum.
The full video's inaugural screening on September 25, 2008 - which would have been Dr. Williams' 97th birthday - was the highlight of the EWMC fundraising event, “Decade of Achievement: 1998 - 2008." It was held in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.