When Black Women Pay for Black Liberation With Our Lives
Black women have been killed for our beliefs for as long as Black people have been demanding the right to breathe.
Nascimento wrote: “The fact that [quilombo] existed as a loophole in the system in which blacks were morally subjected, projects a hope that similar institutions may act in the present alongside several other manifestations of reinforcing cultural identity.”
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