Negritude: An attitude and aesthetic maintained by certain 20-century French-speaking African authors, which upholds traditional African culture and values. The concept originated in reaction to the stereotyping of black Africans by European colonials, and it implies a total acceptance of pride in black heritage. The term was coined by Aime Cesaire and popularized by L.S. Senghor and Leon Damas.

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

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