Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D


Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black She-roes: Author Jarid Arraes brings black female representation in her book about legendary black freedom fighter Dandara of Palmares


Note from BW of Brazil: As we all know, black representation in any genre is an ongoing struggle. Even more so if we consider only black women. As an example … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

November is the Month of Black Consciousness, but where are the black heroes in the history of Brazil?


Note from BW of Brazil: As another Month of Black Consciousness winds down in Brazil, we must as always approach a very fundamental question: Where are the black heroes in … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 5 Comments

Separated from her family at the age of 5 to work as a maid in perpetual slavery, Josefina Serra is now a lawyer in the nation’s capital


  Note from BW of Brazil: The following story of struggle in the life of an Afro-Brazilian woman is very common. It’s always great to see when people overcome what … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

With drama, poetry and consciousness, the Coletivo Negro theater group brings black theatrical and political aesthetic to the stage


Note from BW of Brazil: Although Brazil is often described as the country with the largest black population in the world outside of Africa, one would never know it if … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

During the March of the Day of Black Consciousness in São Paulo, Movimento Negro (black movement) takes to the streets for policies to combat racism


Note from BW of Brazil: In the tenth annual edition of the March of the Day of Black Consciousness, the militancy and demands of the black population once again lit … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Today is the National Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil; holiday now celebrated in more than 1,000 cities!


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, the day set aside for the observance of Black Consciousness, History and Struggle is a holiday celebrated in more than 1,000 municipalities throughout Brazil! … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment