Bahia Brazil

Salvador Bahia is known as the African heart of Brazil. The cultural presence and political power of Afro-Brazilians is steeped in over 500 years of resistance, survival and the strength of the African spirit.  The history of European enslavement of African people to the region dates back to the early 1500s where Portuguese enslavers would eventually bring nearly 40% of all enslaved African people to the region. As the center of the early Brazilian slave trade, Bahia is distinctive in African character. These include the Yoruba-derived religious system of Candomblé, the martial art of capoeira African-derived music such as samba, afoxé, and ахй, and foods with strong links to western Africa. Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Nearly the size of Texas, the state of Bahia holds the roots of the Brazilian nation.



Salvador Bahia Brazil:

Explorations in Race, Culture and Education

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Bahia Brazil Tour Itinerary

Tuesday December 27th *

Travelers arrive at the Salvador Bahia airport (SSA) and transfer at their own cost to The Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho Hotel

Hosted Welcome Dinner (included)


Wednesday December 28th

Breakfast at the hotel included each day

Walking Tour: Pelourhino/Former Slave Trade Area and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lunch in Pelourhino included


Workshop: The African History and Culture of Brazil examining the Portuguese initiated slave trade, resistance to slavery and the African influence on language and culture


Thursday December 29th

Workshop: The Educational System in Brazil: Protecting the Children examining intersections between education, poverty, child labor and efforts towards reform


Workshop: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Brazil with the Secretary for the Promotion of Racial Equality Dr. Ivete Sacramento a pioneer in Brazil’s Affirmative Action system and first Black woman to become President of a university. She is also the former Secretary of Brazil’s Reparations Project


Evening Performance: Bale Folclorico da Bahia Brazil’s only professional folk dance company


Friday December 30th

Workshop: The African Heritage of Brazil through Dance exploring the history of Samba and Capoeira. Includes an interactive class


Global Educators Networking Event local educators including teachers and administrators will discuss many issues in education including racial gaps, Black history requirements and more. This is an opportunity to form lasting partnerships. City Councilman Dr. Silvio Humberto, President of the Commission for Education will join us.


Saturday December 31st

Workshop: Candomble in Bahia: Origins, Structure and Meaning an examination of the history and role of the most popular Afro-Brazilian religion


Spiritual Cleansing and New Years Eve Celebration (Everyone should wear all white. The entire city of Salvador celebrates New Years wearing white and engaging in rituals and prayers of thanks)

Dinner included


Free Evening Concert in the city that is open to the public


Sunday January 1st

New Years Day is a free day for rest and reflection


Monday January 2nd

Full Day Cruise on the bay to explore Morro de Sao Paulo or Baia de Todos Santos. Visit to Itaparica and Ilha do Frades to relax, swim and enjoy the beach

Lunch included


Tuesday January 3rd

Workshop: Music as a Political Instrument examining the Afro Blocos who use music to increase racial consciousness and action


Workshop: The Empowerment of Afro-Brazilians examining self-esteem, identity and a celebration of self in todays Afro-Brazilian racial renaissance era


Wednesday January 4th

Depart back to the U.S. Airport transfer provided for this day only.


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