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Our History

Kilomba Collective is the first collective of Black Brazilian women in the United States. It was founded in November 2019, by a group of five Black Brazilian women who were born and raised in different regions of Brazil, and met after moving to the United States. In the country, non-Black Brazilians were unacceptably speaking about the experiences of Black Brazilians in different spaces. Those inadmissible scenes of erasure showed that anti-Blackness and different forms of violence against Black Brazilians cross borders and remain firm even on foreign territory.



Since its inception, Kilomba Collective has been driven by its vision, connecting a multigenerational network of Black Brazilian women from different backgrounds and centering the experiences of Black Brazilian women and girls in the international scenario. Kilomba's name is a reference to the Quilombos, self-sustainable revolutionary communities that represent Black liberation and resistance, memory, radical love, and affection of Black Brazilians. The Quilombos were created by Black people who were kidnapped from Africa and brought to Brazil in the 17th century.

Mission and Values

Kilomba is guided by its mission of being an international reference in the dialogues about Brazil, building counter-narratives that center Black Brazilian people’s perspectives and realities. We foster spaces of affection and learning among Black women in their multiple identities, connecting with other Black women's movements in the African Diaspora. 

Values: Ancestrality, Humanization, Affection, Criticism, Love for the Black People, Transnational Solidarity, and Respect.


To establish a new and anti-racist political system. Promote racial justice in order to achieve the full realization of the human rights of Black people. Humanize our stories and centralize girls, young people, and Black women through advocacy and organizing. Build bridges that connect the African diasporas and enable us to thrive and fully experience our humanity. 


Our strategic team

Our strategic team:

Ana Paula Barreto Kilomba Collective Col

Ana Paula Barreto

Coordinator, Co-founder

Ana Barreto has a masters of Arts in International affairs. She is a fellow of the United Nations International Decade for People of African descent and is currently the Director of Programs at AfroResistance.  Ana is also one of the curators of the first Black Brazilian Film Festival in the African continent in 2018. 


Ana Barreto was born and raised in Jardim Angela, São Paulo.

Our strategic team:

Priscila Santana Kilomba Collective Cole

Priscila Santana


Priscila has more than 10 years of experience as an arts educator and advocate of social change in the favelas of Brazil.  She has a master's degree in Music Education from the Federal University of Paraíba and is currently the Musical Coordinator of the Special Music School (PS 859) at Kaufman Music Center in New York City. Priscila works as a conductor, educator, administrator, and researcher in music with a focus on class, gender, and race issues within the orchestral universe.


Priscila was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia.

Our strategic team:

Pauline Batista Kilomba Collective Colet

Pauline Batista


Pauline Batista is a 3rd year PhD student at UConn’s Neag School of Education. She graduated in 2016 with her M.A.(Latino & Latin American Studies), from UConn’s El Instituto. And holds a B.S. in Communication (Film Production) from Mitchell College. She currently works at UConn’s African American Cultural Center as a Program Specialist. 

Pauline was born and raised in Paraty and Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro.

Our strategic team:

Flavia Barbosa Kilomba Collective Coleti

Flavia Barbosa

Coordinator, Co-founder

Flavia Barbosa is a psychologist, post-graduated in People Management from Universidade Federal Fluminense. In Brazil, she worked as a human resources analyst for eight years, specializing in recruitment, training, and career planning. She currently lives in New York, where she also works on the city's cultural scene teaching samba classes.

Flávia was born and raised in Vidigal, in Rio de Janeiro.

Our strategic team:

Marry Ferreira Kilomba Collective Coleti

Marry Ferreira

Coordinator, Co-founder

Marry Ferreira is a journalist and media researcher on challenges faced by women in and around the media. She has a MA in Public Media from Fordham University, New York, and is currently an IAWRT Youth Rep at the United Nations. Marry has been one of the organizers of the March for Black Women in the U.S.  in the past two years, and is part of the NYC4CEDAW Act Steering Committee. 

Marry was born and raised in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro.

Our strategic team:


Fernanda Dias

Coordinator, Co-founder

Fernanda Dias  is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology and Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a popular educator and a critical researcher with a history of student activism for affirmative actions in Brazilian public higher education institutions and broad professional experience in various educational settings and executive coordination of educational projects.

Fernanda was born in Belo Horizonte and raised in Vespasiano, Minas Gerais

Elis Clementino Kilomba Collective

Coordinator, Co-founder

Elis Clementino

Leads the strategy for customer acquisition for NVH Studios. With an academic background in communication and journalism,  she has expertise in crisis management and public relations. In Brazil, Elis was a senior analyst in important public and corporate accounts. She co-wrote the book report, “Silence is an accomplice.  Violence against women is a crime” - that reported cases of violence in Brazil, and was the co-creator of the “Selo Diversidade da Cidade the São Paulo," which promotes and certifies diversity in the workplace.

Elis was born and raised in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais.


Kilomba Collective is the first collective formed by Black Brazilian women in the United States.

Social Media: @kilombacollective


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