For an authentic racial democracy!

"For an authentic racial democracy!"
The Brazilian black movement's struggles in schools and curricula

This talk will highlight one of the most important aspects of the Brazilian black movement since the late nineteenth century: the struggle not only for access to educational institutions but also for curricula substantively inclusive of Africa and its Diaspora. In 1978, the Movimento Negro Unificado—MNU (Unified Black Movement) drafted its Carta de Princípios (Charter of Principles), which called for the reassessment of the role of blacks in Brazil’s history. Since 2001, when the adoption of quotas for Brazilians of African descent in universities became a frequent topic of the discussion in the media and within different sectors of society, debates about racial issues in Brazil have become very lively. President Lula’s signing Law 10,639 in January 2003 was a seminal event. It made the teaching of African and Afro-Brazilian histories and cultures mandatory throughout the Brazilian educational system, including both public and private schools. This significant development was primarily the result of efforts of the black movement, which had exposed the existence of racial discrimination and struggled for better conditions for African descendants in Brazil during the twentieth century.

Dr. Amilcar Pereira is an Associate Professor of the School of Education at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), where he teaches in Graduate and undergraduate courses about race relations and Afro-Brazilian history and culture. PhD in History, he is the author of the book "O mundo negro": relações raciais e a constituição do movimento negro no Brasil (2013) and co-editor of Histórias do Movimento Negro no Brasil (with Verena Alberti, 2007), Ensino de História e Culturas Afro-Brasileiras e Indígenas (with Ana Maria Monteiro, 2013), and Educação e Diversidade em Diferentes Contextos (with Warley da Costa, 2015), and recently was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of Columbia University in New York (2015-16).

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Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Georgetown University 3700 O Street Northwest, ICC 270, Washington, DC



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