Citation Murphy D (2013) Defending the 'Negro Race': Lamine Senghor and Black Internationalism in Interwar France. French Cultural Studies, 24 (2), pp. 161-173. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957155813477807
Abstract This article examines the career of Lamine Senghor, a Senegalese veteran of the First World War, who emerged in the mid 1920s as the most influential black anti-colonial activist of the period. Senghor combined a communist-inspired critique of empire with an attempt to forge a transnational sense of black identity. Many of the questions facing Senghor remain relevant today: should the black community seek equality through its own independent pressure groups or through strategic alliances with mainstream political parties? And how does one engage with issues of racial (or religious) equality within the terms of the purportedly colour-blind and secular Republic?
Keywords anti-colonialism; assimilation; black internationalism; communism
Journal French Cultural Studies: Volume 24, Issue 2