November 20 is Black Awareness Day in Brazil, and during this month several organizations are engaged in seminars, meetings and other events which aim to foster Afro-Brazilian culture and well-being.
The date was first obseved in 1960's and has been in the school calendar since 2003. It honors the day in 1695 when Zumbi, the lider of Palmares quilombo (a community of escaped slaves) was killed. Zumbi is one of the the national heroes honored at the National Pantheon in Brasília. Celebrate Brazil's black heritage in your encounters with people, music,food and traditions.
By Patrícia Ribeiro