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Latest update : 2008-08-08

Afro-Brazilians have endorsed Barack Obama's campaign, saying his election to the US presidency would be a victory for all black people.

Two Afro-Brazilian institutions launched a petition Thursday in support of US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, saying his election would be a victory for all blacks.
   
Zumbi dos Palmares University and the non-governmental organization Afrobras said they would collect a maximum number of signatures and send them to Obama, whose father was from Kenya and who aims to become the first black US president.
   
"The goal is to deliver to the candidate the support of people of African descent and Brazilians in general who believe that Barack contributes to a global paradigm shift regarding blacks," the organizations said in a statement.
   
The 47-year-old presumptive Democratic Party nominee is facing off against Republican candidate John McCain, 71, in the November 4 election.
   
"His victory would be a victory for all of us -- a victory for education, for our struggle and for the black person who never gives up," said Zumbi dos Palmares University rector Jose Vicente.
   
With 46 percent of its 190 million people claiming African ancestry, Brazil has the second largest black population in the world after Nigeria.
   
 

Date created : 2008-08-08

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