Caribbean poet Cesaire dies at 94

Caribbean poet Cesaire dies at 94

Aime Cesaire

Cesaire served as mayor of Fort-de-France from 1945-2001

Poet and political activist Aime Cesaire has died in Martinique aged 94.

Born on the French Caribbean island in 1913, he became famous for promoting black consciousness and challenging the political establishment.

Cesaire was partly responsible for coining the word “negritude”, a term affirming pride in black identity.

His poetry and plays, including a black adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, are regularly performed and studied in France.

Cesaire was educated in Paris, where he co-founded a literary review called The Black Student, along with Leopold Senghor, who went on to become Senegal’s first president. more…..

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