Capoeira was born of an oppressed people’s struggle for freedom. Inclusion is at the very core of capoeira, since it originated among socially excluded groups. Throughout its history, capoeira has always been associated with people excluded from the mainstream, yet who never ceased their struggle to affirm their identity, rights and cultural values.
For this reason, capoeira has enormous potential for inclusion. Men and women of all origins, ages, faiths, incomes, and cultural levels are brought together by the capoeira roda. To the beat of the berimbau, they are all citizens of the world striving to improve their quality of life and bring about social justice.
Source: Texts from Brazil n.14, produced by the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
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