Alba Roballo

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Alba Roballo (Isla Cabellos, Artigas Department, 1910 – Montevideo, 3 September 1996),[1] was a Uruguayan lawyer, politician and poet. Her identity as an Afro-Uruguayan earned her the nickname La Negra Roballo.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in the northern corner of the country, she studied and graduated as a lawyer from the University of the Republic.

Political career[edit]

Roballo was member of the Colorado Party.[3] In 1955–1959 she was a member of the (then collective) Municipal Council of Montevideo. She served as a senator from 1958-1968 and again from 1971-1973.[2]

She was the first Uruguayan woman to serve as a cabinet minister in 1968,[4] during the first year in office of Jorge Pacheco Areco.

In 1971 she left the Colorado Party and helped to form the new leftist party Frente Amplio,[5] though "she stayed a Batllist" all her life.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married Walter Previtali with whom she had a son, Sergio Previtali. Her son joined her in the Frente Amplio as a founding member.



  1. ^ Uruguayan ministers
  2. ^ a b George Reid Andrews (18 October 2010). Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay. Univ of North Carolina Press. pp. 164–. ISBN 978-0-8078-9960-1. 
  3. ^ a b Rubens Arizmendi (26 June 2008). ""Wherever I go I will stay a Batllist" (page 3)" (PDF). Opinar (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Minister of Education and Social Welfare Alba Roballo
  5. ^ "Hundred years of Alba Roballo". LR21 (in Spanish). 6 August 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 

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