Coverage: Latin America

The Unintended Portraits of the Meninas de Sinhá (Black Brazilian Women Elder Activists) collection is comprised of photographs and audio recordings of the group Meninas de Sinhá in the northeastern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The group was created in the late 1980s by Valdete, a community leader and activist in the city of Belo Horizonte. She observed older women in her peripheral neighborhood of Alto Vera Cruz leaving the local clinic with large quantities of anti-anxiety medication. Believing that pharmaceuticals were not a solution, Valdete brought the women together to understand their anxieties. Hearing familiar stories of emotional and physical struggle from this older generation of women, she formed this community of support to improve these women’s mental wellbeing by expressing their emotions through song. Each photograph is also accompanied with an audio file and transcripts of each member’s response to the question: “What is the group for you?"

Language: Portuguese
Date:
2006-2007
Contributing Library: Harriet Tubman Literary Circle


The Black Political Imprisonment Collection contains written works by imprisoned authors, conference materials, news articles, advocacy letters, and academic books and articles, on Black Political Imprisonment in both the United States and Brazil. Full-text of information available for download.

Language: English, Portuguese
Date:
1996-2011
Contributing Library: Harriet Tubman Literary Circle


This collection features documents, photographs, bibliographies, and links to outside resources on prominent Black women in U.S. national politics, from Angela Davis to Condoleezza Rice. Full-text of information available for download.

Language: English
Date:
1959-present
Contributing Library: Harriet Tubman Literary Circle