Leader of black Bahia’s most important symbol of black culture and pride talks about resistance under military dictatorship


Bahia, Brazil: Where Afro-Brazilians live, play, and fight for freedom

Black Women of Brazil

Vovô president of the bloco afro Ilê Aiyê Vovô president of the bloco afro Ilê Aiyê

Note from BW of Brazil: Last week throughout Brazil there were various television reports, magazines and newspapers devoted to the 50th year anniversary of a Military Dictatorship that would last 21 years (1964-1985), an era defined by many as Brazil’s darkest era. It was actually in this period that a new generation of Afro-Brazilian activists would form organizations devoted to black rights, the Movimento Negro Unificado, which publicly announced its presence in 1978 in São Paulo. But four years before the official beginning of the Movimento Negro, black groups from the south of country like the Grupo Palmares (that was instrumental in pushing for the November 20th National Day of Black Consciousness) to the northeast in Bahia (where Ilê Aiye  fought against black exclusion in a black majority state) were attracting the attention of military officials with their…

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