Did you know that November is Black Consciousness month in Brazil? For Afro-Brazilians, November is a month where they reflect on how their ancestors survived 350 years of slavery and devise strategies to continue their resistance against racism. It’s commonly known as Mês de Consciencia Negra, Black Consciousness Month, or November Negro, Black November. It is not Black History month, nor black culture month. During this month, debates, lectures, awards ceremonies, and festivals fill the calendars of anyone who loves and respects Afro-Brazilian culture, resistance and history. I’ve spent the last four years celebrating Black Consciousness month in Brazil and I’ve come to cherish it even more my own country’s black history month. Let me explain to you why.
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