As host of the 31st Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro will attract as many as 500,000 tourists. Yet, the widely reported efforts to prepare for the games have left many questioning whether Rio is ready.
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The Day of Black Awareness is celebrated annually on November 20 in Brazil as a day on which to reflect upon the injustices of slavery.
Afro-Ecuadorians have had some success in pushing for the enactment of important anti-discrimination constitutional and legislative changes.
For the first time ever, Venezuela’s 2011 Census will include a question that allows individuals to identify themselves as being Afro-descendent.
In July 2011, Peru’s president-elect, Ollanta Humala, chose the singer Susana Baca as culture minister, making her the country’s first black government minister since independence from Spain in 1821.
LUNDU, fundada en el 2001, es una institución sin fines de lucro que busca el desarrollo de la población afro descendiente en Peru.
Although published in 1996, this New York Times articles provides some insights into the everyday life of the black population within Peru.
In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of each country’s black population—the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States.
In Brazil, Professor Henry Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.