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Scholar by day, street-sweeper by night, one Black man navigates Rio’s racial divide

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By Pilar Olivares and Jimin Kang RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Felipe Luther spends his afternoons studying for a degree from one of Brazil’s top universities, tucked in the green hills of Rio de Janeiro above the ritzy beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. He spends his nights hauling trash in those wealthy communities below. “When I tell my classmates about my job, they’re often shocked,” Luther said in an interview. In 2017, he got a full scholarship to the social sciences program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio), a private school that has minted central bank presidents and movi…

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