About

Chicago Malandros de Mestre Touro is a school under the supervision of Mestre Preto Velho of Os Malandros de Mestre Touro in San Deigo, CA.

Classes are taught by Dr. Kamau Rashid, who is a Chicago-based scholar whose work focuses on the history and culture of Africans both on the continent and in the Americas. He is also active with a number of community initiatives. His work includes supporting institutions that work to build community-food sovereignty, facilitating environmental education for youth and adults, and being actively engaged in community education and cultural enrichment via coordinating a male rites-of-passage program, teaching Capoeira, and so forth.

Dr. Rashid is married and has three children--all of whom study Capoeira. He works as an Associate Professor at National Louis University. He is also president of the Midwest Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization and the Education Committee Chair of the Kemetic Institute of Chicago.

From left to right: Dr. Rashid's son after receiving his cordel verde (green cord), Mestre Preto Velho, and Dr. Kamau Rashid at the 2018 Batisado.