Created by Maurinete Lima and Eugênio Lima for the print publication of Ocupação, the cartography on the thought of Abdias Nascimento is expanded here on the website by splitting into two new subjectsblack feminism and genocide of the black people in Brazil*.

As the authors highlight in the explanatory introduction regarding this material, “this cartography on the thought of Abdias needs to be understood from the perspective of deterritorialization, in which the multiplicity of historical periods converges into the author’s thought and thus creates other possibilities of access to the branches of knowledge influenced by concepts and movements that had constructed a narrative of the Brazilian black people.

Like all cartographic vision, it is not intended to be a single, linear path to the material: it lies in the immensity of the black diaspora with its flows, counterflows, its drift and, above all, its encounters.”


*You can read documents in a PDF file by clicking the links above or also directly at ISSUU below. Available in Portuguese only.

Cartography - Black feminism


"In its cruel and overwhelming arrogance, the extermination of the African descendants leaves its marks on the sterilization of poor black women, on the sexual exploitation of our children, on the involvement of black children and young men with drug trafficking, on the way that black families break apart pressed by poverty, misery, and the lack of horizons."

Abdias Nascimento's speech on the Senate floor on April 3, 1997.


Homem negro com cabelos e barba grisalhos em foto preto e branca de documento. Ele está sério, usa óculos de grau e terno escuro, com camisa branca e gravata.
Photo: Ipeafro's Collection


Women, Race, and Class - Angela Davis

"The left-wing organizations have argued according to a Marxist and the Orthodox vision that class is the most important thing. Evidently class is important. We need to understand that class tells the race. But race also tells the class. And gender tells the class. Race is the way how class is lived. Likewise, gender is how race is lived. We need to think deeply so as to notice the intersections between race, class, and gender in order to perceive that, between these categories, there are relations that are mutual and others that are crossed. Nobody can take precedence of a category over the others."

Angela Davis, 2016


Cartography - Genocide of the Brazilian black person


Abdias Nascimento at the 2nd Congress of Black Culture in the Americas, Panama, 1980 | Ipeafro's Collection


“Quantitative researches denounce that, when it is about an Afro-Brazilian involved in something unlawful, the Police is persecutional and voracious to fulfill its mission, the Legal Aid Services, not rarely, wanders on the boundaries of bureaucracy and Justice in its full blindness and advances without limits until the highest degree of partiality.”

Abdias Nascimento's speech on the Senate floor on July 3, 1997.


Folheto sobre a Convenção Nacional do Negro Brasileiro
Acervo Ipeafro


"The Brazilian police force is the one that kills the most in the world, according to Amnesty International's report. Here the nation outlines the most perverse side of institutional racism: the violent killing of a young black man by the State forces."

Daniel Lima in "Cartografia do Golpe Branco"