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Language, Literacy, and Culture presents Diva Moreira

Black in the Americas Series


Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216

Date & Time

October 4, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


For their Black in the Americas Series, the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program presents

Diva Moreira

Meet Diva Moreira, one of the griots of the Black radical tradition in Brazil.
She started her intellectual and political work fighting against the military dictatorship (1964-1985), organizing underground meetings for democracy.

After the dictatorship, she dedicated herself to Black, feminist, and working-class movements and published newspaper articles, essays and books on the rights of public hospital patients, Afro-Brazilian culture, discrimination against black women, and the meaning of abolition. In addition, Diva Moreira coordinated the Secretaria Municipal para Assuntos da Comunidade Negra de Belo Horizonte (Municipal Office for Black Community Affairs of Belo Horizonte), creating public policies to protect Black urban territories. She also contributed to the United Nations Development Programme and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, coordinating research about race, poverty, and violence. Nowadays, Diva Moreira is writing a book on Afro-reparations and organizing a mass movement about the topic as a member of the Comitê Por Reparações em Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais’s Committee for Reparations).

Co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Center for Social Science Scholarship; the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts; Department of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies; the Global Studies Program; Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication; Department of Political Science; and Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health.