By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, November 20th, Brazil celebrates Consciência Negra (Black Awareness Day) with a little over 18.8 percent of Brazilian municipalities observing it as a holiday. It is, according to analysts it is not a day to celebrate but rather reflect on the social and political conditions of Afro-Brazilians today.

“I would not consider it a celebration as much as a reflection of what Afro-descents have accomplished in Brazil,” says Eunice Prudente, Law Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) and a member of the . . .

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