Business leaders, government officials and members of metro Atlanta‘s Brazilian community gathered Sept. 8 for a private event at Atlanta City Hall to celebrate Brazil’s 186th Independence Day.
Carlos Vizioli, deputy consul at the Brazilian Consulate General in Atlanta, outlined the diversity of Brazil’s population in a speech in which he also described the liberation movements that helped the country gain its own identity.
Speakers from other local organizations included Wilma Kruger, chair of the Atlanta-Rio Sister Cities Committee and Lucia Jennings, president of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta.
Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox, who recently returned from a trip to Argentina, Brazil’s southern neighbor, honored Mr. Vizioli with a proclamation from the council.
The event also featured musical performances and Brazilian cuisine.
Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese in 1500. It didn’t gain independence until Sept. 7, 1822.