black nationalist

noun
variants: or Black Nationalist
plural black nationalists or Black Nationalists

Definition of black nationalist

: 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 groupsa Black Nationalist leader

Other Words from black nationalist

black nationalism or Black Nationalism noun

Examples of black nationalist in a Sentence

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, sun-sentinel.com, 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 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). BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of black nationalist

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Black nationalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20nationalist. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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