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Vidas Negras Importam: The Black Lives Matter Movement in Brazil

In this photo, a woman holds a sign that reads “Justice for Miguel. Black Lives Matter.” This protest was sparked after the death of Miguel da Silva, a Black five-year-old child.

By Ashley Brown

Two Black children, Miguel Otávio Santana da Silva, aged five, and João Pedro, aged fourteen, both passed away tragically during the month of June, 2020 in Brazil at the hands of white individuals in power. The civil protests taking place have not only been catalyzed by these two deaths, but also fueled by the history of civil unrest due to police brutality, racism, and discrimination. 

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