Erica Malunguinho made history when she became the first trans woman to win a seat in the Sao Paulo legislature in its over 180 years of existence.
Black Consciousness Day is a chance for Brazilians to reflect on their African heritage despite the election victory of Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing retired general who peddles racism.
What we are observing now in Brazil is a definite return of the right at the political helm.
An old song says, "sometimes they rob you with a six-gun, sometimes with a fountain pen." That's a good description of the legislative coup that is going on right now against the elected government of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, where I visited last month to participate in a trade union seminar on racial equality.
While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.