I know I've complained in the past about the amount of time I've had to spend on homework with my kids. It's not easy in your own language to get your kids to do homework; imagine trying to help them in a language that you don't speak very well.
But today, I really enjoyed working with Dora. She had to do some research on quilombos, and I couldn't find the word in dictionary, so I resorted to the internet. Quilombos were essentially communities ("republics" by one definition) of escaped slaves around Brazil. The largest one was Palmares, and may have had a population of over 20,000 at one time. The quilombos elected their own leadership, (kings sometimes, in the African tradition) and had their own traditions and celebrations. Black Awareness Day (or "Dia da Consciência Negra" in Portuguese) is recognized on November 20th, the day that 2 leaders of the Palmares quilombo died. They had been leading a resistance to the Portuguese (I'll have to check my facts here), and were killed on November 20th. This is what I can recall from memory. If you are interested in reading more, go here or here. Or you can look for the movie, "Quilombo" which is supposed to mostly historically accurate.
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