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Inward hunger

Trevlon Hall, BMX Freestyle pioneer

Trevlon Hall, BMX Freestyle pioneer

In 2000, I was awarded a full athletic (soccer) scholarship to play for Berry College, in Georgia. One of the keepsakes that my diligent parents would provide for my departure was a book called Inward Hunger, the autobiography of Dr Eric Williams.

In 1999, I concluded my advanced-level studies at Queen’s Royal College, and would often marvel as both students and teachers alike exalted the virtues of the College’s finest; Dr Eric Eustace Williams, Dr Rudranath Capildeo, Lloyd Best, Sir Vidia Naipaul, Deryck Murray, and Wendell Mottley among others. However, the truth of the matter is that there was so very little I actually knew growing up about the ‘Father of the Nation’. It would also take another three years while packing my belongings to leave university that I would stumble upon the book and finally begin reading.

Inward Hunger was adapted into a historical documentary by Mariel Brown, and was screened for the first time on local television on September 24, 2011. It is a three-part documentary, which chronicles the life of the first Prime Minister from professor to politician. As I considered my desire to use this space to raise the storytelling bar for Caribbean athletes, I pondered during my morning training session on the theme Inward Hunger.

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