“To be free and French”; The Nardal sisters and the history of Negritude

How familiar are you with Negritude?  A movement started just after the first world war, was an awakening of minorities in France.  The word “Negri” was a play on the French word “Negre” and “tude” the play on the word “Attitude“- symbolizing a new way to explore self, society and segregation (Cesaire, Camouflage).  A recent JSTOR article piques the curiosity about a significant family in post-war France, the Nardal sisters. Poets, journalists, delegates to the United Nations, explorers and political advocates, these women chronicled and assembled the history and struggles of the black community in Europe.

Negritude, or “blackness” was a unifying force in France and, some suggest, may have been a contributing sentiment to the civil rights movement in the United States.

Sound interesting? Read more here and be that much smarter about women’s and black history : https://daily.jstor.org/what-was-the-black-international/?utm_term=What%20Was%20the%20Black%20International&utm_campaign=jstordaily_01302020&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

 

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A combat proven Rescue Helicopter Pilot, realizing I can do something to effect change in something I love- increasing diversity in the military and teaching young women to have courage and faith in themselves.

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