Black movement claims that UFRGS grants the title of Dr.

Born in Rosário do Sul, on August 16, 1941, Oliveira Silveira was a professor graduated in Letters at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), having taught for many years in Porto Alegre. He was one of the most prominent black intellectuals in the state and nationally, actively participating in debates, meetings and mobilizations of the black movement.

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From 1971 to 1978, he participated in the Palmares Group, being also the mentor of the establishment of the 20th of November – the date of Zumbi dos Palmares’ death in 1695 – as the “National Day of Black Consciousness”. He was one of the creators of the first evocative act on November 20, in homage to Zumbi, in the celebration held by “Grupo Palmares” in 1971, in Porto Alegre at Clube Negro Marcílio Dias.

For all his intellectual contribution to the culture of Brazil, members of the Black Movement are proposing that UFRGS grant the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to researcher, writer and poet Oliveira Silveira. Giving visibility to this historical figure and also to all groups of the Black Movement in the State. The process is in progress at the Letters Unit Council and will later be forwarded to the UFRGS University Council for consideration.

According to Wellignton Porto, a student of Letters at UFRGS, an Afronte Negro activist and one of the organizers of this claim within the university. “The title proposal to Oliveira Silveira is a way of giving visibility to one of the founders of the Palmares Group, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. In addition, it is also intended to oxygenate the organization of the Black Movement at UFRGS and respond to the racist and genocidal policy of the current government, which recently tried to erase Oliveira Silveira’s historical collection from the Palmares Foundation.”

Proposal for the award of the title of Doctor Honoris Causa Oliveira Silveira

In view of the provisions of the General Regiment of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in its Title VI, Article 81, which deals with “University distinctions”, highlights “II – Doctor Honoris Causa, to personalities who have been distinguished in public life or acting in favor of the development of the University, the progress of sciences, letters and arts”.

Born in Touro Passo, district of Rosário do Sul-RS, on August 16, 1941, he graduated in Letters at UFRGS, having taught for many years in Porto Alegre. He was one of the most prominent Afro-descendant intellectuals in the state where he was born and also at the national level, actively participating in debates, meetings and mobilizations of the black movement. From 1971 to 1978, he participated in the Palmares Group, being also the mentor of the establishment of the 20th of November – the date of Zumbi dos Palmares’ death in 1695 – as the “National Day of Black Consciousness”. He was one of the creators of the first evocative act on November 20, in homage to Zumbi, at the celebration held by the “Grupo Palmares” in 1971, in Porto Alegre.

The proposal to grant a title comes then, with the aim of giving visibility to the great black intellectual, Oliveira Silveira, for all his contributions to the black movement. Based on this, in conjunction with dozens of intellectuals, researchers, writers, social and political movements, I forwarded for approval by this Council the nomination for the granting of the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to researcher, writer and poet Oliveira Silveira.

I also emphasize that the Black Movement will be responsible for writing the nominee’s Dossier and intends to present the complete document to CONSUNI, so that the Board can make the necessary referrals.

Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul

Edition: Portal Geledés

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