In a ceremony that underscored unity, female representation and the rights acquired in the last 20 years, the president of the Humanitas360 Institute, Patrícia Villela Marino, was awarded the Troféu Raça Negra (Black Race Trophy) on the night of November 21, at Sala São Paulo.
Created to celebrate personalities active in the fight against racism and in defense of the black population, the event honored 20 women, among them activist Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela’s widow, former president Dilma Rousseff, sociologist Neca Setubal, from the Tide Setubal Foundation, and Mozambican writer Paulina Chiziane, the first black woman to win the Camões Prize for literature.
In her speech, Patrícia Villela Marino stressed the importance of racial literacy, so that white people can stop being “instruments of whiteness and whitening” and become “literacy promoters”.
The H360 president also dedicated the trophy to all the black, marginalized, and peripheral women in the prison system. “Today I work with them, so that they can become businesswomen and entrepreneurs, so that they can once again become mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and teachers. It is to them that I dedicate this award.”