On this November 15th, when the proclamation of the Republic is celebrated, Viva Maria reaffirms its commitment to historical reparation and the inclusion of the black population in our country.
In this edition, we hear from lawyer Vera Lucia Santana Araújo, member of the National Executive of the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy.
Vera talks about the dialogue and clashes that occurred between the abolitionist movement and the fight to end the monarchy. The jurist also welcomes the advances made in the name of racial equality.
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Viva Maria has been presented by journalist Mara Régia for over 40 years. She is the one who signs the opening text. Read below ⬇️:
“Hi, hi friends of our program that on this historic 15th of November salutes the Republic, this 132-year-old lady who, unfortunately, has not yet managed to fulfill the democratic ideal of ending inequalities in our country. Yes, and never It is worth remembering that in 1889 our country had 14 million inhabitants, almost 2 million of whom were former slaves.
It is no coincidence that the Proclamation of the Republic took place a year and a half after the abolition of slavery. However, even now when we have more than 213 million inhabitants, the slave culture is still alive!
And that is why Viva Maria during black consciousness week begins reflections on the topic by listening to a Super Maria who, since the first decade of our program, has always been present in debates about the historical reparation that Brazil still owes to black people.
As a lawyer and member of the National Executive of the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy, she has been tireless in combating racial inequalities. Welcome, Dr Vera Lucia Santana Araújo!”