The First International Congress of Negro Writers, september 19, 1956


60 years ago, on september 19, 1956 in Paris at the Sorbonne The First International Congress of Negro Writers and Artists took place.

Alioune Diop who initiated this prestigious gathering (of literary, artistic and intellectuals companions) including such personalities as Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Jacques Rabémananjara, Cheikh Anta Diop, Frantz Fanon,James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, and Jean Price-Mars was able to convene an international cultural meeting whose principles have since established the importance of culture as a means of self affirmation. In addition to the support Présence Africaine received from André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Théodore Monod for this first Congress, the organizers also benefited from expressions of solidarity by Roger Bastide, Basil Davidson, Michel Leiris, George Padmore, among others. Picasso drew a portrait of a black man, which became the official poster of the Congress. The 1st International Congress of Black Writers and Artists deserves to be commemorated in order to prevent this important moment of history from falling into oblivion and so that the younger generations, through their knowledge of it, would have at their disposal a capital link in the awareness of their identity



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