African Studies

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Carlos Moore and Abdias do Nascimento are both prominent scholars and activists. Moore is an ethnologist and political scientist with two doctorates from the prestigious University of Paris, France. He was banished from his native country Cuba for 30 years. Nascimento is a prominent Afro- Brazilian scholar and artist. He is considered to be a historical leader of the Black Movement in Brazil. Their work had an enormous contribution to the societies of Brazil and Cuba. They worked hard and often sacrificing their freedom hoping to put an end to racial discrimination in their countries of origin in South America. They spend much of their adult lives fighting for racial justice in their native countries. Carlos …show more content…
In late 1963, he fled Cuba, with the assistance of the embassy of Guinea, where he took refuge. He went on to specialize in African, Latin-American and Caribbean affairs, and while residing in France developed a prolific career in journalism, serving as in-house journalist for France’s national news agency, Agence France-Presse, and as a specialist on West African affairs for the international weekly Jeune Afrique. Most of his academic life has been devoted to research on the impact of race and ethnicity on domestic politics and inter-state affairs (The Official Website of Carlos Moore). Born in the town of Franca, State of São Paulo, in March 1914 Abdias do Nascimento received his B. A. in Economics from the University of Rio de Janeiro in 1938, and post-graduate degrees from the Higher Institute of Brazilian Studies (1957) and the Oceanography Institute (1961). Before he reached the age of 20, he was involved with the civil rights movement for Afro-Brazillians. He founded the Brazilian Black Front in 1931; in 1944 he founded the Black Experimental Theater, focusing on African culture and on the Afro-Brazilian life experience. Those institutions created the first generation of Black actresses and actors in Brazil. He also founded and organized the First Congress of Brazilian Blacks in Rio de Janeiro in 1950. Nascimente left the country, exiled from the military dictatorship for 13 years (1968-1981).
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