Brazil has elected Joaquim Barbosa as the nation’s first black Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Google Images)

Jose Morales of is reporting that Brazil has named the first black Supreme Court Justice in the history of the country. Morales writes:

“Joaquim Barbosa has been elected as Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Court, becoming the first black person to hold that post in Brazil where more than half of its nearly 200 million population are of African descent.

Currently the sole black person sitting on the bench of the top court, the 58-year-old was widely popular for his leading role in the nation’s “trial of the century,” a high-profile bribery case against senior officials in former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s government.

He is also a leading public voice against discrimination and racial inequality.”


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