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Category Archives: Movimento Negro

“History shows that black women will always be willing to fight against injustice”, says militant Nilma Bentes, an organizer of the Black Women’s March


Note from BW of Brazil: I know from time to time, newer readers of this blog may scratch their heads and struggle to understand why certain aspects of the black … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

What do blacks have to do with the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff?


Note from BW of Brazil: As the ongoing procedures pushing for the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff continue, many questions have arisen as to how the Afro-Brazilian population should … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 10 Comments

From denial to consciousness: One didn’t know he was black, the other denied the existence of racism – Two Afro-Brazilian militants tell their stories


Note from BW of Brazil: In the last 80 years or so, Brazil successfully promoted itself to the world and Brazilian citizens as a “racial democracy” in which there was … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

For the first time, Marina Silva makes reference to the race factor in her campaign, but will her agenda change the definition of “slave labor”?


Note from BW of Brazil: With only fifteen days until Brazilians go to the polls to decide on the country’s next leader, pundits already know that the field of candidates … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Black woman, religious leader and Movimento Negro activist defends her master’s dissertation at 72 years of age


by Marcilene Garcia de Souza The Iyalorisá (1) Iyagunã Dalzira Maria Aparecida became literate at 13. Due to the lack of educational opportunities and job issues she only managed to … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Brutal murder of long-time black activist and religious leader and two other people shocks the community


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the weekend the Afro-Brazilian community was shocked by the tragic news that a long-time leader of Movimento Negro (black rights organizations) and Afro-Brazilian religion … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Racial inequalities persist after 125 years of the abolition of slavery


by Naira Sodré and Max Milliano Melo Yesterday, May 13, we remembered the date of the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. But 125 years after the abolition of slavery, … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment