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Culture is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio

At a time when interest in Brazilian culture has reached an all-time high, and the stories of one person's ability to improve the lives of others has captured so many hearts, this unique book takes readers to the frontlines of a battle raging over control of the nation's poorest areas. Culture Is Our Weapon tells the story of Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a Rio-based organization employing music and an appreciation for black culture to inspire residents of the favelas, or shantytowns, to resist the drugs that are ruining their neighborhoods. This is an inspiring look at an artistic explosion and the best and worst of Brazilian society.

Author(s)

Patrick Neate, Damian Platte

Categories

CLAS Resources

Grade Levels

9–12, College

Location

CLAS Lending Library

Availability

Available