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The New Negro Movement. Evolution of black American thought 1895-1925 New Negroes were African Americans who often demanded their legal rights as citizens but almost always wanted to create new images that would challenge old stereotypes. The New Negro stressed cultural awareness

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the new negro movement
The New Negro Movement
  • Evolution of black American thought 1895-1925
  • New Negroes were African Americans who often demanded their legal rights as citizens but almost always wanted to create new images that would challenge old stereotypes.
  • The New Negro stressed
    • cultural awareness
    • self-confidence
    • assertiveness
    • self defense.
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Claude McKay (1919)

“If We Must Die”

If we must die, let it not be like hogs

Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.

If we must die, O let us nobly die,

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain; then even the monsters we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!

Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,

And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

the future as i see it marcus garvey 1923
“The Future as I See It,” Marcus Garvey, 1923

“Black men, you were once great; you shall be great again. Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward. The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized, and you will compel the world to respect you. If the world fails to give you consideration, because you are black men, because you are Negroes, four hundred millions of you shall, through organization, shake the pillars of the universe and bring down creation, even as Samson brought down the temple upon his head and upon the heads of the Philistines.”

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“Awakening of Ethiopia”

Lois Mailou Jones

1932

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Journal Entry:What does the following quote mean? Does it fit with the concepts put forth by the New Negro Movement?
  • “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    • Marianne Williamson (1994)