What does it take to move the world?
Meet the individuals who represent a new guard of social justice, building a future grounded in equality for all.
Some of her more recent undertakings are the Justice and Solidarity campaign, which distributes food and personal supplies to Black Brazilian communities vulnerable to COVID-19 in the northeastern state of Bahia, and the Beatriz Nascimento Activist Training School—named after an Afro-Brazilian academic and activist—that is raising a new generation of political and human rights activists.
In March of last year, Brito became an education champion at the Malala Fund, where she advocates for Black and indigenous girls in nine northeastern states in Brazil to stay—and succeed—in school, as well as for expanding girls’ access to education. She calls the project Mandacaru after a cactus plant in the region that survives on little water. (Brito is a survivor too—she beat thyroid cancer in 2019.)
“The fact that we are Black should not mean inequality,” said Brito, whose grandmother instilled in her that to be Black was to be beautiful. “Our weapons in combating racism are an affirmation of our identity, respect for our ancestry, and our political conscience.” Sounds a lot like an important message, an opening of the way.
Illustration by Agata Nowicka