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Notable West Indian Americans and Canadians

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indian_Americans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Canadians

This project represents notable West Indian Americans and Caribbean Canadians. These are Americans with origin in the Dutch-, English-, and French-speaking lands of the Caribbean. Their population of 2,532,380 accounted for 0.83% of the U.S. population in 2008.

The majority of Black Canadians are of Caribbean origin. Many Canadians identify as Black even though they may have multi-ethnic ancestries. Many Blacks of Caribbean origin in Canada reject the term African Canadian as an elision of the uniquely Caribbean aspects of their heritage, and instead identify as Caribbean Canadian. The vast majority of Black-targeted cultural and social institutions in Canada serve both the Caribbean Canadian and African Canadian communities equally. Black Canadians – 783,795 (2.5% of Canadian population).

United States

  1. Stacey Dash
  2. Rihanna
  1. C. C. H. Pounder
  1. Malcolm X
  1. Patricia Powell
  1. Nia Long
  2. Nicki Minaj
  3. Tatyana Ali
  1. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
  2. Alexander Hamilton
  3. William Leidesdorff was born in the Virgin Islands in 1810 to a Danish planter and his African slave wife. His financing and advice as the first African American diplomat helped the U.S. win their victory against Mexico.

Canada

  1. Deborah Cox

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