Marielle Franco: Black, a woman, and from the favela

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Marielle Franco. Photo: PSOL

Born and raised at the Maré Favela Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Rio’s City Councilor Marielle Franco had led a life dedicated to minorities and women’s agendas. “I’m a black woman, a mother, and a product of the Maré favela,” her official website declared.

Ms. Franco was born on June 27, 1979, and studied sociology at Rio’s Pontifical Catholic University thanks to a full scholarship, and later finished her master’s degree in public administration from the Fluminense Federal University. She was a fervent supporter of Flamengo, and a committed funkeira – that is, a dancer of funk brasileiro, a...

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