12/07/2016 10h51 - Updated 12/07/2016 10h51

Dies in Porto Alegre the former Minister of Racial Equality Luiza Neighborhoods

She was a victim of lung cancer, against which he struggled for three months.
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He died this morning (12) in Porto Alegre, to 63 years, intellectual and activist of the black movement Luiza Helena Neighborhoods, former Minister of the Secretariat of Public Policies of Racial Equality, a position he held between 2011 e 2014. She was a victim of lung cancer, against which he struggled for three months.

According to family information, the body of the former minister will be waked until tomorrow (13), when it should be buried.

One of the main Brazilian personalities of the fight against racism, Luiza spent the last years of traveling the country giving lectures and working hard in the articulation of the black movement, activity that played for over 40 years.

During its passage by the federal government, He was responsible for creating the National System for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Sinapir), whose goal is to implement public policies to provide the population black equal opportunities and authorities to combat discrimination and intolerance.

The main form of work of the Sinapir, as advocated Luiza Neighborhoods, It is through cooperation with municipalities and state government, by creating regional body for the promotion of racial equality.

"Luiza was a tireless activist for black cause and Brazilian democracy. His work remains alive and remains a symbol of the struggle against prejudice and in favor of the best causes of national political life ", He wrote away President Rousseff in a statement in which mourned the death of former minister.

Porto Alegre natural, Luiza Neighborhoods graduated in public administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and was a PhD in sociology from Michigan Universidade (USA). Between 2001 e 2005, He worked in the United Nations programs (HIM) or against racism.

Residing in Salvador, Luiza Bairros was also one of the leading names of the Unified Black Movement (including).

"I lost a mother, a friend, a companion, a reference to life, the most daring and exquisite combination of intelligence, discipline, generosity and consistency that the black movement has produced in the last 40 years", He wrote the personal aide of former minister, the lawyer Felipe Freitas, in your Facebook account.

Source: Agency Brazil

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