Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Maria Lúcia da Silva's work was prepared when Maria Lúcia da Silva was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
Brazil has a history of racist traditions that are present throughout society, contributing to a social abyss between blacks and whites. Today, there is a very well articulated black movement in the country. Their efforts, however, are usually limited to addressing the effects of racism within the black community. Maria Lúcia fights racism with a program that seeks to both strengthen the rights and self-esteem of black Brazilians and influence the perceptions and attitudes of the white population. Her programs allow participants to break free from the racist traditions that are present in their organizations and working environments.
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