Social Inclusion of Disenfranchised People

FRI, APR 30, 2004 (1:25:24)

Benedita da Silva talks about how she has fought to prioritize racial, class, and gender issues within both Brazil’s political institutions and the Workers’ Party, and how she has opposed discrimination against women and blacks. Note: A translator is present in this lecture to translate from Portuguese to English.

+ BIO: Benedita da Silva

Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio, was born on April 26, 1943 in Praia do Pinto, in Rio de Janeiro to Ovidia da Silva out of wedlock, despite the fact that Ovidia was married to someone other than Benedita’s father. Benedita da Silva is also known as Bene’ and is an African-Brazilian politician. Throughout her life, Benedita faced prejudice and racism for her humble and African origins, but she has overcome those barriers by becoming the first female and black governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva nominated her Secretary of State as well.

Harvard Du Bois Institute
African American Culture Series
Latino Culture Series
Provincetown International Film Festival 2005 Series
Provincetown International Film Festival 2006 Series