Title: Eric Williams ‘School Bags’ Essay Competition
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Title: Eric Williams ‘School Bags’ Essay Competition
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Language: English
Creator: Eric Williams Memorial Collection
Affiliation: University of the West Indies -- Saint Augustine -- Eric Williams Memorial Collection
Publisher: Eric Williams Memorial Collection.
Publication Date: 2007
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Slavery   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad -- Saint Augustine -- Caribbean
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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The Eric Williams Memorial


P.O. Box 561631* Miami, Fl 33256-1631* USA Tel: 305-271-7246 Cell: 305-905-9999 Fax: 305-271-4160

Eric Williams Memorial Collection Sponsors Regional
Bicentenary 'School Bags' Essay Competition

Port of Spain, TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (October 22, 2007) The Eric Williams
Memorial Collection (EWMC) at the University of the West Media Contact:
Erica Williams Connell
Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, announces the inauguration of 305-905-9999
the "Eric Williams 'School Bags' Essay Competition." In Helen Kitti Smith
honour of the 2007 Bicentenary of the British Abolition of kittismith@earthlink.net
the Transatlantic Trade in Africans, this regional effort is co-
sponsored by the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee.
Dr Eric Williams, noted scholar/historian and the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and
Tobago, authored the classic Capitalism and Slavery, which is widely considered to have
"defined the study of Caribbean History."
Throughout his life, Williams gave special emphasis to learning. He often said "to
educate is to emancipate." On August 30, 1962, the eve of his country's Independence from
Britain, he exhorted:

"You, the children, yours is the great responsibility to educate your parents, teach
them to live together in harmony... To your tender and loving hands, the future of the
Nation is entrusted. In your innocent hearts, the pride of the Nation is enshrined. On
your scholastic development, the salvation of the Nation is dependent...you carry the
future of Trinidad and Tobago in your school bags."

The contest is offered to all final year Sixth Form students in the former and current
British-colonized Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British
Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts &
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. It


will be held from September 15 through December 15, 2007. Winners will be announced on
March 1, 2008. All entries will be based on Eric Williams' seminal work and will discuss two
questions: How has Capitalism and Slavery shaped current debates on the commerce in African
slaves and the abolition of slavery? What relevance, if any, do these debates have for today's
First prizewinners will receive a four-day trip for two to Trinidad and Tobago with
airfare, hotel accommodations and two meals daily; a tour of the Eric Williams Memorial
Collection and University of the West Indies campus; a US $1000 educational voucher; courtesy
calls on the President of Trinidad and Tobago and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; a
tour of Parliament; a set of Eric Williams' books; and a framed certificate. The winning essay
will also be published. In the event of a Trinidad and Tobago winner, a trip to Jamaica will be
Patrons of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection's 'School Bags' Essay Competition
are: Caribbean Airlines, Ltd.; Caribbean Development Bank; CARICOM; CL Financial, Ltd.;
Digicel Trinidad & Tobago, Ltd.; LIAT (1974) Ltd.; Trinidad Hilton; University of the West
Indies. Detailed information and runner-up prizes are listed on the EWMC's
website: www.mainlib.uwi.tt/eric.html.
The Eric Williams Memorial Collection constitutes the Library, Archives and Museum of
Eric Williams. It was inaugurated by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell in 1998, and
named to UNECSO's prestigious Memory of the WorldRegister in 1999.
For more information, please contact Erica Williams Connell, Eric Williams Memorial
Collection P.O. Box 561631, Miami, FL 33256-1631, USA. Tel: (305) 271-7246; Fax: (305)
271-4160; Cell: (305)905-9999 Email: ewc.suilan(iuno.com or Helen Kitti Smith Tel:
(214)546-4535; Email: kittismith(@earthlink.net. Other website information:
htt ://nalmm.fcla.edu/eew/.


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