Emergence of an Afro-Carnival Agency

  • Niyi Afolabi
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


The previous chapter laid out the transnational nature of the Ilê Aiyê organization by drawing connections between the Unified Black Movement in Brazil and the civil rights movement in the United States while highlighting the politics of negotiation and resistance that constitutes its cultural framework. This chapter invokes the local racialized context in which the organization was founded in 1974 and the need for a “cultural agency” through which it calibrates its mission as a cultural producer, educator, and political agitator for racial equality.


Racial Discrimination Racial Equality Police Brutality Brazilian Context Racial Problem 
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