Alzira dos Santos Rufino
Fellow Since 1991
Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra
This description of Alzira dos Santos Rufino's work was prepared when Alzira dos Santos Rufino was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
Alzira dos Santos Rufino, working from a black women's cultural center she created in the port city of Santos (Sao Paulo State), is demonstrating how black communities can unite and build a fully independent economic base. She then uses this empowered unity to develop awareness, confidence, and skills in the black community, and to press effectively for changes in public policy.
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