Aliz Braz was born in Providence. She grew up in East Providence with her parents and 4 siblings. Graduating with honors from East Providence High School in 1942 she continued her education with courses at Bryant College and Johnson and Wales.
Aliz held various jobs, including working in Washington, DC for the Department of Inter-American Affairs as a stenographer, before working for the State of Rhode Island for forty-five years, retiring in 1993.
Throughout her lifetime, Aliz served her community and honored her Cape Verdean heritage by serving on several committees in leadership positions. As a young woman she worked with a committed group of women as their translator, secretary, and legal clerk in the incorporation of the Cape Verdean Women’s American Progressive Club in 1944.
An accomplished pianist, Aliz had a passion for music. In 1950 she organized a Cape Verdean band, The Junior Verdeans, performing with the group throughout southern New England.
Traveling by ship, she was among the first American-born Cape Verdeans to visit the islands in 1951. During this 6-month visit she began to gather information on her family history. She collected Cape Verdean literature and artifacts. Aliz was the godmother to 47, aunt, friend, and confidant to many.