CUBA ELECTS TWO BLACK WOMEN AS ITS VICE PRESIDENTS
Cuba recently made history after appointing Miguel Maris Daiz-Canel Bermudez as president; which makes it the first time in 60 years a Castro won’t hold the title of President over the Nation Island.
Just in that same line, Cuba appoints three Vice-Presidents of which two are Black women namely: Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson. For this step, Cuba is now being hailed for striving to be a diverse and progressive country, quietly drifting away from its white-dominated legacy.
According to Reuters, Maria Chapman, 52, is of Afro-Cuban descent, and rose to prominence as head of Cuba’s leaky waterworks. Her work there focused on repairing infrastructure and supervising the allocation of water during a recent prolonged drought.
While Johnson, 48, also of Afro-Cuban descent rose to prominence in eastern Santiago de Cuba where she climbed the ladder from director of a joint venture cement plant to head of the provincial government.