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Title:African Negritude - Black American Soul
Author:Jeanpierre, W.A.
Year:1967
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:14
Issue:6
Pages:10-11
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:Negritude
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4184843
Abstract:African Negritude and 'Soul' both refer to that immaterial essence which is the actuating principle in forming the Black Personality. Negritude locates its origin in the literary development of the same name, founded by French-speaking, black intellectuals, who were unable to discover all the dimensions of their personality in Western Culture, and who repaired to Africa as their spiritual homeland in the quest for indetity and self-affirmation. 'Soul' is Negritude, but expressed in terms of the existential experience lived by black men in America. It is 'la négritude des sources'. It is the American black man's moment of truth. Behind its surface externals 'Soul' is black self-assertion. 'Soul' seems to be African Negritude dressed in American clothing, imbuing with an African-American hue all the encounters which have fallen within the province of the black-lived experience in America.
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