Make History, Make Sense: Associação Cultural do Negro (1954-1964)

Mário Augusto Medeiros da Silva

It will be discussed the initials years of Associação Cultural do Negro, created by olders activists and intelectuals of black press in São Paulo. During that period, it was able to promote actions, newspapers, books and public events aimed at discussing the role of blacks in the Brazilian society formation, placing it in an alternative place of subordination imposed by the end of slavery. It was supported by intellectuals, writers, sociologists, activists interested in the problems of the black group in Brazil and Africa, as Florestan Fernandes, Sergio Millet, José Mindlin, Henrique Losinkas Alves, Léon Gontran Damas and intellectuals of the journal Présence Africaine, among others. The interest of the paper is to discuss the scope and limits of this association and its activities, not discussed by the literature on race relations and history of black movements in Brazil.

Associação Cultural do Negro; Black movement; Racials relations; São Paulo


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