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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change, from Alberta to Barbados

Calgary Herald: "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.'"

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