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black consciousness Syllabification: black con·scious·ness

Definition of black consciousness in English:


1Awareness of one’s identity as a black person.
Example sentences
  • His reaction raises the question of black autonomy and self-possession, suggesting that these parts of black consciousness cannot emerge through the actions of white liberals.
  • The characters in his comic strip are a throwback to ‘Jesse B. Semple,’ a voice of black consciousness that the author unleashed in the weekly paper in 1942.
  • Jazz and blues singers pioneered messages of black consciousness and artistic collaboration.
1.1A political movement or ideology (particularly in the US and South Africa) seeking to unite black people in affirming their common identity.
Example sentences
  • Marcus Garvey's radical black consciousness and back-to-Africa movement, which had found widespread support in US cities, did start branches in South Africa.
  • He started an ideology he called black consciousness to revive self-confidence in blacks.
  • The respect for human rights as a motivating force makes both black consciousness and socialism so different from all the perverse variations of totalitarianism, which claim to serve people but destroy them.
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