European Parliamentarian Cecile Kyenge was the first black Minister in Italian history when she served as Italy’s Minister for Integration in 2013-2014 in the government of Enrico Letta. NYU Florence invited Hon. Kyenge to speak in LPD’s Black Italia series this Spring to discuss the legal and political context in which the issues of identity and belonging that have traversed the ‘Black Italia’ project are framed. Engagements abroad prevented Hon. Kyenge from joining us, however, she sent the following message to the NYU Florence community.