black nationalist

noun, often capitalized B&N

Definition of black nationalist

: a member of a group of militant Blacks who advocate separatism from the whites and the formation of self-governing Black communities

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black nationalism noun, often capitalized B&N

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Recent Examples on the Web The senior Garvey, who died in 1940, was a black nationalist who sought to unify people of African descent worldwide. David Lyons,, "Marcus Garvey Jr., son of Jamaican national hero, dies in Wellington at 90," 9 Dec. 2020 Earl Little was a carpenter and itinerant preacher who became a follower of the black nationalist Marcus Garvey and took an impressionable 5-year-old Malcolm on proselytizing trips for Garvey’s United Negro Improvement Association. Washington Post, "When Malcolm X secretly met with the Klan," 6 Nov. 2020 Malcolm’s childhood in Nebraska, brushes with the law as a teenager in Michigan, time as a petty criminal in Boston and Harlem, emergence as a black nationalist leader of the Nation of Islam, and 1965 assassination. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Alphabet Got Its Order, Malcolm X and Other New Books to Read," 9 Oct. 2020 In 1964, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison along with seven other people, including Walter Sisulu, for committing sabotage against the apartheid regime (all were eventually released, Mandela in 1990)., "This day in history," 12 June 2020 Hough riots: During the Hough riots in Cleveland in 1966, a grand jury blamed black nationalists and outside agitators, Mary Kilpatrick reports. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 The members of the Little family were pioneer black nationalists who endeavored to follow Garvey’s dictum of establishing black political power across urban and rural American landscapes. New York Times, "‘The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.,’ by Peniel E. Joseph: An Excerpt," 6 Apr. 2020 The leader of a black nationalist church that’s been labeled a hate group lived a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars, designer clothing and private school for some of his children, according to federal prosecutors. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Pastor of church labeled a hate group spent its money on Disneyland trips and cars, feds say | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 Much of the controversy stems from an incident when Mallory attended a Nation of Islam event at which black nationalist Louis Farrakhan made incendiary remarks about Jews. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Women’s March replaces three original leaders, after anti-Semitism accusations, with 16 board members," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of black nationalist

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Black nationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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