Costa Rica Elects First Vice President Of African Descent

By Kia Morgan-Smith

For the first time in its history, Costa Rica will see the first person of African descent to take the helm as the country’s Vice-President on May 8.

Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr was elected to the VP post after Carlos Alvarado rose to become the president of Costa Rica, reports QCostarica.

“It would not be the first only in Costa Rica, but in Latin America. And eventually, if the president leaves the country, [I would be] the first woman of African descent to assume the presidency in the entire American continent. It’s a big responsibility,” Campbell said Sunday in an interview with

Campbell’s grandmother reportedly migrated to Costa Rica from Jamaica with her husband. She’s named after her paternal grandmom and she’s proud of her Jamaican heritage.

Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr is active in her community served in the legislature between 2002 and 2006 before running for vice president in 2006. She has also served as the head of the Center for Women of African Descent, the Alliance of Leaders of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Black Parliament of the Americas.

Cosata RicaServing all the women of Costa Rica is one of her major priorities.

Source: The Grio

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