Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías died yesterday from cancer. He was 58 years old.
Jamilah Aisha Brown writes:
“…While conflicting headlines fuel the discourse as to whether the Chávez legacy is that of one who constricted Venezuelan human rights or drastically reduced poverty, gains made in Afro Venezuelan communities through his radical socio-economic programs should not be overlooked….
…Prior to the Bolivarian movement, the status of Afro Venezuelans largely resembled others in the region that were subjected to historic racial and economic discrimination; the redistribution of oil revenues into social programs cut Venezuela’s poverty from 55% in 1995 to 26.4% in 2009. Halving the poverty rate has left an indelible impact Black communities who for the first time had regular access to free education, healthcare and guaranteed housing thanks to the implementation of Chávez’s Social Missions…”
Jamilah Aisha Brown, global strategist and digital maven, has compiled a list of media sources to follow for more information on Hugo Chavez’s death. The list includes Spanish-language resources and is a great resource for anyone interested in reading more (or teaching about) Chavez and his impact.
Image Credit: A mural of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas AFP/GETTY