Daily Archives: January 21, 2009

Barbados Culture Minister Steven Blackett Is Cousin To First Black Government Minister in Alberta, Canada

In Our “I didn’t know that” Department: More Proof That Barbadians Are Everywhere!

Vacationing Lindsay Blackett, the first black cabinet minister in Alberta history, was sitting in the parliamentary cafeteria in Barbados on Tuesday, waiting for staff to hook up a TV for Barack Obama’s inaugural speech.

He was with his second cousin, Steven Blackett, who by remarkable family coincidence is also a culture minister in the government of Barbados.

They were feeling “enormously proud,” Blackett told me by phone. “As a black person, you have a special feeling today, especially knowing what so many people have gone through to get to this point –people who have suffered far more than I have.”

… continue reading this excellent article at the Calgary Herald Change, from Alberta to Barbados

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