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Category Archives: quilombolas

Another quilombola community leader murdered in Bahia: 36-year old Binho latest in string of assassinations most likely connected to land rights


Note from BW of Brazil: The people know what’s going on. Some months back, as the issue of land rights of Afro-Brazilian fugitive slave communities began to heat up (see … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Brazilian wins scholarship in Obama program with project that links tourism to quilombola communities


Note from BW of Brazil: Barack Obama has been out of the White House for more than eight months now, but even so, his name continues to make headlines within Brazil’s … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

As the dispute over land rights heats up, eight quilombola (maroon society) inhabitants have recently been murdered in the state of Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: The situation involving quilombo territories something we should be paying close attention to. In case you’re not familiar with quilombos and quilombos and their importance in … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Not one less quilombo!”: On August 16th, the future of millions of quilombolas (maroon society inhabitants) will be decided in the Federal Supreme Court


Note from BW of Brazil: This coming week, Brazil’s Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) will make a decisionn that will affect the lives of tens of thousands of Brazilians. They … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brazilian government threatens the land rights of quilombolas; inhabitants are descendants of fugitive slave communities protected by Constitution


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a while since I approached this topic and now more than ever, we must inform the world of what’s happening to black Brazilians … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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