Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the death of Eddie N. Williams, the former president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 1972-2004.
“The CBC mourns the loss of Eddie N. Williams, a trailblazer for Black policymakers and experts. Because Mr. Williams dedicated his life to building organizations that served Black elected officials, these officials and others were able to better address the needs of Black families across the country.
“In addition to being a trailblazer in the area of politics and policy, Mr. Williams served his country in the U.S. Army, became the first Black protocol officer at the State Department, and worked as a reporter for Black newspapers. The CBC honors the life and legacy of Mr. Williams with deep respect and gratitude. He will be missed.”