Memory and Identity of Afro Brazilian Archives

The Soweto Black Organization collection has focused on Black agency in Brazilian history, documenting grassroots activism and the transnational consequences for democracy. This archive uncovers a variety of topics, including human-rights struggles, demand for African history in education, and Afro-Brazilian religious and cultural self-preservation.

This project seeks to enable access to neglected aspects of Afro-Brazilian memory through archives containing documents of Afro-Brazilian activism. The material encompasses three periods of Brazilian history: the onset of the military dictatorship (1964), democratization (the 1980s) and the deepening of Brazilian democracy (from the 1990s onwards). Digital access to this collection will enrich the understanding of the deterioration of democracy in present-day Brazil. This archive is endangered not only because of exposure to environmental elements like humidity, but also due to Brazil’s recent political climate wherein the administration has decreased funding to cultural and educational initiatives, with Afro-Brazilian communities disproportionately affected.

Project Details


Location: Brazil, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) Soweto Organização Negra (Soweto Black Organization) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $44,040.00 Commencement Date: 03/2022 Project Status: Active
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