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On April 17th, Cecile Kyenge was named Italy’s first black government Minister. Kyenge is Italy’s new Minister for Integration. She was born in the Congo and moved to Rome in the 1980’s to study medicine. While working at a hospital in Modena, Kyenge met her Italian husband who was a surgery patient in the hospital.

Kyenge was elected to Parliament in February. She is most recently noted for introducing a child citizenship law that would make immigrant kids born on Italian soil, citizens. Currently, the law states that children must have bloodlines of past Italian citizens in order to become citizens of Italy.

Kyenge hopes to change the immigration policies that effect a large population of the country.  For every five children born in the country, one is born to a foreign parent. These generations of children have been forced into lower-paying jobs that were rejected by citizens. The political argument of Italian citizenship by the new Minister has been fueled by growing racism in the streets of Italy.

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4 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Cecile Kyenge

  1. Since Dr.Kyenge is being touted as Italy’s first black government minister, it is all too obvious that despite our PBS Frontline website being the most comprehensive on this still otherwise verboten subject of Florentine history, the media remains blissfully ignorant of Alessandro de’ Medici.

    As the first Duke of Florence and, therefore, the first black head of state in modern Western history, he is also the ancestor of at least two Imperial Hapsburg Archdukes and a rather impressive roster of still highly influential European dynastic families.

    From the line of Hubert Salvatore, Archduke of Austria, for instance, the present day Princes of Liechtenstein and those of Baden also descend. Because of how this last example is related to the British Royal Family, which, of course, is the most popularly known to the rest of the world today, perhaps it might help if I pointed out that Prince Philip’s nephew is Prince Maximilian Andreas of Baden whose wife is the Austrian Archduchess, Valerie, Hubert’s daughter.

    It is this genealogical information and the reason, after all, for the obscurity to which Alessandro de’ Medici has been relegated by so many historians that would make his story such an unimaginably important and useful one, not only for you in your capacity as Minister of Integration but for the rest of the world, as well.

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