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Wendi Muse is a PhD Candidate in History at New York University. Her research analyzes Lusophone Africans’ impact on the Brazilian left through intellectual and political exchange during the Cold War. In addition to her doctoral work, Wendi holds an MA in Latin American Studies and has conducted research regarding Afro-Brazilian women’s political organizing throughout the 20th century. Wendi is presently a 2017-2018 New York Public Humanities Fellow and a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support her research in Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique. Wendi is the creator of the hashtag #LeftPOC and the Left POCket Project, which uses digital media to make the histories of leftists of color more easily accessible to the public. Her podcast can be found at https://soundcloud.com/leftpoc
Twitter: @MuseWendi & @LeftPOC
Race & Racism in Brazil
On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco (written by Wendi & several professors who work on Brazil)
“Afro-Brazilian Religions Struggle Against Evangelical Hostility”
“The Frente Negra Brasileira: In the 1930s, government and intelligence agencies extinguished the first large scale Afro-Brazilian rights organization
“Brazil’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ Struggle Even More Dire”
(note: this article notes that Brazilian movements “echo” BLM, but the reality is that Brazil has had its own formal movements against police brutality since at least the 1960s, and informally well before then)
Jeffrey Lesser – Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil https://amzn.to/2DSWq2H
Barbara Weinstein – The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil https://amzn.to/2G7ZA8M
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