How Amilcar Cabral Shaped Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy

Curry Malott Frantz Fanon’s influence on Paulo Freire’s thought is well known, but the Brazilian educator also drew considerably from Amílcar Cabral, the revolutionary intellectual from Guinea-Bissau. Amílcar L Cabral was born 12 September 1924 in Bafatá, Guinea-Bissau, one of Portugal’s African colonies. He was murdered on 20 January 1973 by fascist Portuguese assassins just…

Amefricanity: The Black Feminism of Lélia Gonzalez

Raquel Barreto Though a quarter of the total population, black women represent just 2% of the legislative body of Brazil’s federal government, the National Congress. Yet their visibility in public debate has grown radically in recent years with younger activists beginning to occupy spaces in media, academia and the arts. Lélia Gonzalez (1935-1994) has become…

Lélia Gonzalez: A Brazilian Thinker

Raquel Barreto Lélia Gonzalez, Rio de Janeiro (1980). Foto: Januário Garcia We are not born, but rather become, Black. This is a tough, cruel undertaking that continues to develop throughout our lives. This is where the matter of identity that you continuously build comes into play. This Black identity is not something that is done,…

Paulo Freire and Popular Struggle in South Africa

Zamalotshwa Sefatsa Mural of Paulo Freire at the Faculty of Education and Humanities of the University of Bío-Bío in Chile Paulo Freire was a radical educator from Brazil whose work was tied to struggles for human freedom and dignity. He constantly experimented with and thought about how to connect learning and teaching among the poor…