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All women and Zumbi on Wednesday and the Day of Black Consciousness

October 21, 2015

I have been grumbling about my back for some time now and not without reason but now I find myself thinking that perhaps I should remember women who did so much through pain and neglect…

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Wednesday has crept up on me; so today I will celebrate my daughter who sent me some nice pictures from Brazil at the weekend after having enjoyed a National Holiday. She had been a exhibition and seen some wood cuts and shared them with me.

She told me also that today she would be having  yet another day’s holiday  today for  the Day of  Black Consciousness in Brazil.  Since the early 1970s, for a week around the 20th November, the anniversary of Zumbi  dos Palmares’ death in 1695, time has been allowed celebrate Black culture in Brazilian society. The Day of Black Consciousness is a day to remember the black resistance to slavery in general and the first transportation of Africans to Brazil in 1594.

Zumbi (1655-1695) also know as Zumbi dos Palmares was the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares, a fugitive settlement in the state now known…

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