Angela Davis declares support of the black Brazilian women’s march; rally seeks to bring together at least 100,000 women

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Valdecir Nascimento of the Odara Institute of Black Women with Angela Davis

Rally seeks to bring together at least 100,000 black women

The executive coordinator of the Odara – Instituto da Mulher Negra (Institute of Black Women), Valdecir Nascimento, delivered on November 21st, an official letter of the March of Black Brazilian Women to long-time legendary activist Angela Davis, professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The delivery of the letter was made after a lecture given by Professor International Forum on November 20, organized by the Federal University of Recôncavo (UFRB), on the campus of Cruz das Almas in honor of the Black Consciousness Month, which is celebrated every November in Brazil.

Interview with Angela Davis in the Salvador, Bahia newspaper A Tarde on December 8, 2012

On the occasion, Davis recorded a statement in support of the March of Black Brazilian Women, which is scheduled for September 2015, bringing together different segments of black women from across the country. At 68, Angela Davis remains one of the most important references of the American black and feminist struggle. “This is a moment that black activists have always dreamed of. I remember in the 70’s, in the space where did the meetings of MNU (Movimento Negro Unificado, Brazil’s black rights organizations) had a photo of Angela Davis and we spoke of our desire to present the experiences and political struggles of black people in Brazil and Bahia to her,” said Valdecir Nascimento.

Odara Institute of Black Women: Mulher Preta no Poder (Black Woman in Power)

Davis has been connecting with black Brazilians activists since at least 2008 when her arrival was highly anticipated and promoted within Movimento Negro and black university student circles. In August of 2008, Davis presented her lecture “Do Plantation ao Sistema Prisional (From the plantation to the prison industrial complex).”

Flyer of Davis’s lecture in Salvador, Bahia in 2008

The video with the declaration of support from Angela Davis, black leaders of Brazil and other countries will be released in 2015, with reports of political trajectory of black women in Brazil.

Here is the official announcement of the March, released in January of 2012

March of the one hundred thousand black women in Brasilia

In homage to our ancestors and in defense of the full citizenship of black Brazilian women we march because:

  • We black women (pretas + pardas) are about 49 million women spread throughout all of Brazil;
  • Racism, sexism, poverty, with social and economic inequality, has harmed our lives, lowering our collective self-esteem and our very survival;
  • The strengthening of black identity has been damaged over the centuries by building a negative image of black people, especially black women, from the aesthetic (hair, body, etc.) To the social role developed for black women;
  • Black women continue to receive the lowest wages and are the ones that have the most difficulty to enter the working world;
  • The construction of the social role of black women is always thought of from the perspective of dependence, of inferiority and subordination, making it difficult for us to assume positions of power, management and decision-making, whether in the labor market, or in the area of political and social representation;
  • Black women sustain the familiar group that performs informal tasks, that leads them to work double and triple work shifts;
  • We still don’t have our human rights (civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental) fully respected.

Therefore, the Articulação das Mulheres Negras Brasileiras (Articulation of Black Brazilian Women)invites all to construct and participate in the March of 100,000 black women, to demand from the Brazilian state, as well as all sectors of our society, the effective commitment for our empowerment and promotion of racial and gender equity, so that we can fully exercise our rights as citizens and historic constructors of Brazilian history.

When: September 28, 2015 – Dia da Mãe Preta (Day of the Black Mother).

Location: Brasilia.

How to participate: see the website send emails to:

Text prepared in Brasília, during the 3rd National Conference on Policies for Women (December 12 to 15, 2011) at Hotel Plaza Bittar, by Simone Cross (ACMUN-RS-Coordinator, AMNB), Maria da Conceição Fontoura (Maria Mulher RS-Coordinator, AMNB), Luana Natielle Basílio e Silva (Bamidelê-PB) and Nilma Bentes (Cedenpa-PA-Coordinator, AMNB). On this occasion it was created by Simone and Luana. longer online)

Source: Racismo AmbientalOdara Instituto

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  2. Yes this is nice. However it still baffles me that black women in the united states where they are a sever minority are being called by black women in Brazil where they make up the majority. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

  3. minasek, i feel you are reffering to me about your referance to people saying that black brazilians shouldnt follow black americansi never said they shouldnt get examples from the black american movement,and i sure never inferred that there shouldnt be connections and aliances made between black brazilian activists and black american activists… i said the black movement in brazil isnt going down the same way as the black american movement.i said the black american struggle is a work in progress and shouldnt be superimposed over the black brazilian struggle, it isnt the only modaland i object to people saying that black brazilians are wrong if they dont follow every example of the black american movement.its the implication that they are wrong if they dont do it exactly the way the black american struggle went down that i say needs to be questionedthey can pick the things that help them and regect things that dont aply to brazilblack brazilians have to find their own way in their struggle…they can be influenced by black movements all over the globe, like from south africa, or the states, but, they are doing it their way

  4. Don't worry I don't think Black Americans are superimposing their struggle onto Black Brazilians, and even if they were….. just look at the differences between the two groups. truthfully though from the view point of black Americans it's hard and frustration too see our brothers and sisters so far behind us in a country where they make up the majority. I think the real question is what makes the two populations so different when it comes to these issues. and what factors has contributed to these differences in the first place. Both black populations have been around for roughly the same amount of time.

  5. before i go into what i think the differances are, let me acknowledge that of course slaves brought over from africa to any of the countries in the americas have things in common , the same as slaves taken in the arab slave trade , out of africa, for sure being ripped out of africa is something they all have in commonas far as differances that black brazilians have compared to black americans (and i think there are differances in any of the countries slaves were brought to, like cuba has its own thing compared to jamaica etc) black americans have had to face a much more violent surpresion than black brazilians. besides the fact that black americans were totaly stripped of their culture, hand drums and dances were banished except for congo square ,in what was once french new orleans , the whole kkk, jim crow laws, lynchings etc took on a very terrorist , threatening hold on the south. in the north, neighborhoods were violently against blacks moving in and government and realties created white flight. blue collar white workers were pitted against black blue collar workers with a south migration that brought huge amounts of people in….exactly because brazil is 50 percent afro descendant, lots of things get overlooked. brazil doesnt break down just anyone with color as black. i saw someone in the congresional debates about quotas (im glad they passed) who was dark skinned ,argue that she doesnt want to be lableled black and was against the quoatas, and i guarentee you, lots of brazilians that would be classified as black in the usa , consider themselves "mestiço", or "pardo" or "morena", and brazil is very mixed, more than the usa and they have been relating this way for a long time. someone cant just come from the usa and tell them that this is wrong for a brown woman to not want to be labeled "black" or that black women shouldnt date white men ( not saying all black americans say this, but it is a debate in the black american movement and it isnt in brazil)…but, getting black people in the media and with a presence should be a huge priority for black brazilians and they can learn so much from the black americans in the usa…as a matter of fact, the only black shows in brazil are from the usathe usa had a very violent civil war that had slavery as one of its issues. for sure the south made it one of its reasons for seceding…the bloody war, the resentments and how it revolved around having to give up slavery, has put a severe mentality on the american psyche as reguards to "race relations", and america is devided on "race". huge wonderful gains happened because of the black american civil rights movement, so it is something to be studied and celibrated, but america is a devided society on race…i think america still has some evolving to dobrazil may seem to be behind on somethings, but, it actualy may be more advanced on other thingscultural differances have to be respected whether its the usa, brazil, cuba, jamaica, haiti , puerto rico, venezuela, colombia , trinidad, etc etc all these places arnt the same, and, at the same time i also beleive that there are similar struggles that the afro descendants face in each of these countries

  6. ….and, actualy, im delighted angela davis could come down to brazil, and make aliances, and i bet she learned some things also, you dont come down to brazil and not learn something, this country is unbeleivable…the truth is, one of the biggest obsticles to black americans getting their ideas over to black brazilians is that there is an anti american streak that runs through brazil…its an especialy virulant strain , that you wont detect if you just pass through, brazilians arnt confrontational, but its a behind the back commentary . and the thing is, it is all over south american and europe…and , the irony is that, now that black americans are represented in the corporate international media , mostly as thug rappers, this virulent strain of anti americanism doesnt seperate the black american struggle with amarica, now, black americans are perceived as these media stereotypes portrayed in films and music videos…these anti americans dont like black americans , too…and, in brazil, where i know many black brazilians relate to the black american struggle, they are also influenced by nationalists , political agendas and a history of the cold war that has been distorted to make it seem like the usa was responsible for all the ills in south america…this is a very complex and sensitive debate way too long to just state one paragraph, but, i can tell you that there are black brazilians that dont trust black americans for these reasons…i dont like anti americanism and i dont like the lack of looking at the truth in the cold war and the automatic brain washed opinion of lots of brazilians that the usa was the problem…as though a che/fidel vioent revolution would solve anything…and these frames of mind affect how black americans and their ideas are sometimes received…but its not monolithic black braziian thinking ( or just brazilian thinking for that matter), there are many differant opinions and aproaches and i do hope black brazilians will have more connections with activist black americans….for hopefully the right reasons, and not to make black brazilians look like they are doing it all wrong..and saying all brazilians of afro descent have to call themselves black, criticise passistas who dress sensualy as being exploited sexualy or interracial dating preferances etc

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