Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born on January 21, 1951 in the Bronx, New York and was raised in Elmhurst, Queens. His father (1905-1970) arrived in the U.S. from Barbados and worked as a real estate broker. Holder’s mother, Miriam, is American-born and the daughter of immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados.
Holder attended Columbia University, enrolling in 1969. He was active in the Student Afro-American Society and according to Discover the Networks: