James Cameron Tudor

Sir James Cameron Tudor (October 18, 1919 - July 9, 1995) was a distinguished Barbadian politician and educator who has the distinction of being the first black person to be elected president of the prestigious Oxford Union. During his time at Oxford in the early 1940s, he was a contemporary of many persons, including the late Sir Roy Jenkins, who went on hold key positions in the British establishment. He knew them on a first name basis. After graduating from Oxford, he taught for a while both in his native Barbados and in then British Guiana. He was first elected in 1951 to the Barbados House of Assembly, where his father, James Arthur Tudor, a prominent city merchant, and brother Martin had previously served. However, he soon fell out with the Barbados Labour Party and ran as an independent in a 1953 by-election in the parish of St Lucy, handsomely winning and breaking the BLP's dominance on the Barbadian political scene. This landmark victory launched a reform movement that eventually led to the formation of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in 1955. It took place in the beachfront home of his sister, Elsie Tudor.

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