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 endlessly, and, for white American anthropologist Margaret Willson, a stopover in Brazil resulted in immersion in a kaleidoscopic global of highway urchins, capoeiristas, drug purchasers, and clever lecturers. She and African Brazilian activist Rita Conceicao joined forces to wreck the cycles of poverty and violence round them by means of pledging neighborhood citizens they'd create a ideal academic application for ladies. 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 beauty, Dance Lest all of us Fall Down unfolds the tale of this awesome alliance, exhibiting how friendship, whilst mixed with braveness, perception, and keenness, can rework desires of a higher global into reality.

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Jorge shrugged. ” Agnaldo slid past us and our teacher shot us a stern look. We shut up. Agnaldo moved to enter the play, and those sitting on the floor wiggled aside to make room for him. He glanced at our teacher who nodded that he could enter. He did, cutting Fernando out and turning to face Gato. He began making ridiculous faces at Gato while sneaking in truly devilish moves, spinning like a top, then sliding inches above the ground. His joy infected us all and we began to chant with more force.

One afternoon, I was drinking a beer with Rita in a small praça that was really just a wide space where the street divided. An enterprising entrepreneur had filled the middle section of the street with tables and served beer to passersby. At one end of this praça was a kind of obelisk, a baroque blue and white spear with a wrought iron fence around the base. With my great anthropologist’s eye, I had never noticed it. “This praça is called Sainted Remains of St. Jill,” Rita said. ” 22 m a rg a ret wills o n Rita pointed to the obelisk with her glass.

You take the bus to the very end of the line. Don’t get off until it stops for good and everyone else leaves. ” So, Sunday noon I boarded the bus marked with the name of Rita’s bairro and watched out the window as it passed neighborhood after neighborhood, uphill and down, along the seashore and inland again. I had no idea where I was and just trusted that, at some point, the bus would park at an obvious final stop and Rita would be waiting there. Finally, after about an hour, it did. I descended the bus steps into a huge outdoor market.

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