Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Negritude, the concept of an international cultural-political bond between blacks of all lands, reverberated Wednesday in poetry and speech-making at the Watha T. Daniel Library.
In a program put on by the Institute for the Preservation and Study of African/American Writing, poets read the works of Leon Damas, Leopold Senghor and Aime Cesaire, and Senegalese Ambassador Andre J. Coulbary spoke about negritude.
Photographs of negritude poets and their works were mounted on exhibit panels.The exhibit will continue through Nov. 2.
In a short talk on negritude, Coulbary exhorted black Americans to identify with blacks all over the world. "As our president (Leopold Senghor) has noted, economic order must be preceded by world cultural order," he said. "The worlds of tomorrow will not be balanced unless blacks play a part."
The concept of negritude originated among French-speaking African and Caribbean writers in Paris in the 1930s. They believed in the development of an African idiom for all blacks.
The cultural idea is captured in David Diop's "Africa - To My Mother," which reads in part: "Africa, My Africal/Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannas/Africa my grandmother sings of on distant riverbank/I have never known you/but my face isfilled with your blood . . ."