black nationalist


variants or Black Nationalist
plural black nationalists or Black Nationalists
: a member of a Black advocacy group in the U.S. especially during the 1960's and 1970's that sought to empower Black people financially, promote a sense of Black community and identity, and form a separate self-governing Black nation
often used before another noun
black nationalist groups
a Black Nationalist leader
black nationalism noun
or Black Nationalism

Examples of black nationalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crook Manifesto has no granular reveries to soul food delicacies or ritual encounters with bookish black nationalists of the Elder Michaux variety. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 The group was named after Grandassaland, a term that black nationalist Carlos A. Cooks, one of Mr. Brathwaite’s political idols, used to refer to the African continent, and included women whom Mr. Brathwaite and his brother spotted on the street. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2023 After two recent murderous attacks by Muslims, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, and Noah Green, a black nationalist and member of the Nation of Islam, the Justice Department should be investigating radical Islamic terrorist threats inside the U.S. and not making rulings about pistol stabilizers. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 8 Apr. 2021 When Gates was a student in the late Sixties, HBCUs had long taught Negro history, but the writers of what is sometimes referred to as the first generation of Black Studies brought to campus a new recognition of Africa’s importance to black America, rooted in black nationalist politics. Darryl Pinckney, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 And interestingly as an adult Barack H. Obama chose a black nationalist church which had an explicit connection with a liberal Protestant denomination with dominant roots in New England, the United Church of Christ. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2012 The senior Garvey, who died in 1940, was a black nationalist who sought to unify people of African descent worldwide. David Lyons,, 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black nationalist was in 1943

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“Black nationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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