Putting the politics to one side, we celebrate Kamala Harris as the first woman of colour to be named Vice President-elect of the United States. In recognising the hidden Caribbean migrant story, Kamala’s father was born in Jamaica’s St. Ann Parish and migrated to the United States where he made a life for himself and you can read more about that here.

Kamala Harris” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In the same way, we also honour Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm a.k.a. “Fighting Shirley” woman of colour in Congress (1968) as well as the first woman of colour to seek the nomination for president of the United States. Shirley is first generation immigrant to father Charles St. Hill, who is of Guyanese decent, and mother Ruby Seale St. Hill of Barbadian decent.

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

Featured Image Photo Credit: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling” by GDS Infographics is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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