Dance Lest We All Fall Down: Breaking Cycles of Poverty in by Margaret Willson

By Margaret Willson

An unforeseen detour can swap the process our lives perpetually, and, for white American anthropologist Margaret Willson, a stopover in Brazil ended in immersion in a kaleidoscopic global of highway urchins, capoeiristas, drug buyers, and clever lecturers. She and African Brazilian activist Rita Conceicao joined forces to damage the cycles of poverty and violence round them through pledging neighborhood citizens they'd create a surest academic software for women. From 1991 to the commencement of Bahia Street's first college-bound graduate in 2005, Willson and Conceicao 's experience took them to the shantytowns of Brazil's Northeast, high-society London, and concrete Seattle.

In a story brimming with honesty and style, Dance Lest all of us Fall Down unfolds the tale of this awesome alliance, exhibiting how friendship, while mixed with braveness, perception, and keenness, can remodel desires of a higher international into reality.

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My stomach hurt from tension and incomprehension. “She’s hurt,” I said. Ana nodded. “Yes. ” She tightened her lips in anger. ” I remained quiet. I certainly didn’t understand. That evening the barge went out as usual. People around the square whispered that after several hours the Mother had finally regained consciousness. In the long shadows of twilight, we watched the barge. Men jumped into the sea beside it, shouting blessings to Iemanjá. We all crowded toward the water, few talking, watching the barge float away.

Luzia, an actress from the southern state of Minas Gerais, said it kept her equilibrium steady on those days when everything went wrong. Gato (Cat), our wonderfully lithe assistant teacher, said that being black and poor, he was everyday forced to eat the violence and aggression that society fed him. Capoeira angola, he said, was what prevented him from vomiting this violence back at someone. In a society where he had control of nothing else, capoeira angola gave him the possibility of internal control and self-respect.

She had seemed excited at the time, but never mentioned it again. Now she picked at the plastic tablecloth. “Oh, I’m not doing it anymore,” she said. ” She scrunched the tablecloth between her fingers. “Got bored, I guess. ” “Yes. ” I looked at her closely. ” “Yeah. ” Andrea rose abruptly from the table. “They don’t care anyway—the teachers. They don’t even show up most of the time. ” “What’s the point? Nobody cares. ” She glared at me, leapt away from the table, and stormed out into the street.

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