When Eddie N. Williams moved to Washington, few people knew of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, or even felt the need for a think tank devoted primarily to issues affecting African Americans.
At the time, there were only a few hundred African-American politicians. Thirty-two years later, there are about 10,000. On the eve of Williams' retirement, we discuss the changes he's seen — and some he hasn't.
Eddie Williams, president, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; retiring Tuesday after 32 years heading the center