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. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...