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Cape Verde & Its People w/ Barbara Burgo & Capt. Vasco Pires

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With nearly 36 years as an independent country, with an independence date of July 5th, just one day after America’s own upcoming July 4th celebration, the people of Cape Verde put their own unique spin on multiculturalism.


Just 354 miles off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde’s history goes back more than 500 years when slave traders ruled the world.

Fast forward to today, and the state of Massachusetts in particular, Cape Verde and its people continue to make significant contributions to the world at large.


With vibrant customs and rich traditions tied closely to Portugal and Africa, we’ll explore this dynamic country with two leading Massachusetts experts whose hearts and souls are deeply connected to Cape Verde, its people and its culture.


Our special guests are incoming Massachusetts State President of AAUW Barbara Burgo and artist, educator and Cape Verde cultural expert Captain Vasco R.A. Pires. Both are proud Cape Verdeans.

Happy Independence Weekend!