Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aesthetic and ideological concept affirming the independent nature, quality, and validity of Black culture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ideological position that holds Black culture to be independent and valid on its own terms; an affirmation of the African cultural heritage

Etymologies

French négritude, from nègre, Black person, from Spanish negro; see Negro.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French négritude (coined by Aimé Césaire), from nègre ("Negro") + -tude. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Concepts such as the African personality, Pan-Africanism, and what is now called negritude owed their early development to the stimulus of Edward Wilmot Blyden.

    World’s Great Men of Color

  • Even within what we could call "negritude" there are other interesting approaches - consider the numerous but rigid color classifications that (I believe) obtain in many Caribbean cultures (though I only personally and not-exhaustively know the French islands), with the very odd and small white planter class functioning as an almost unseen Platonic ideal of paleness - with the metropolitans being largely irrelevant.

    The Kiss

  • As poet and philosopher, Mr. Senghor developed the concept of "negritude," his term for the common cultural and spiritual heritage of Africa's people.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2001

  • But some conservative whites connected with Angola fear UNITA because of the "negritude" it proclaims, in an attempt to sow resentment against the highly visible mestiço element in the MPLA bureaucracy.

    Inside Angola

  • He was a follower of Voodoo and the "negritude" (Black Nationalist) movement.

    Council of Conservative Citizens

  • Francois Duvalier, an early believer in "negritude," came to power in the late 1950s, popularizing ideas that resonated with a population that had withstood a white foreign occupation for many years.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • "negritude", paid tribute to Pablo Picasso by characterising him as an artist

    ANC Today

  • Again, Monica, I can only bow my head and gift you with this: tags: negritude mood: ohsnap un ange vole? link memories

    more by transgriot.

  • I wonder what films arent being made by Africans and Magrebins in France that they would like to be able to make. tags: francophonie, movies, negritude

    going there.

  • People that I know who are knowledgeable have been very unimpressed with how NMAI has dealt with Black ndnz up until now. from newspaper_rock xposted tags: black indians, ndns, negritude

    ibarw

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  • 'Négritude is a term coined by the Senegalese poet Léopold Senghor, and which was enunciated in different ways in the mid-twentieth century by the likes of the West Indian poet Aimé Césaire and psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon, in his Black Skin, White Masks (1952).' - Colin Rhodes, Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, p. 205

    January 23, 2008