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Léon Gontran Damas and the Meanderings of Black Awareness at Georgetown University

This work examines testimonies and reports of Damas’ journey in the meandering of Black awareness at Georgetown University. Famous poet and co-founder of the négritude movement, Léon Damas needs no introduction. Few, however, remember that the French Guianese writer held a position at Georgetown University in the summer of 1970. Although his contribution to a recent effort toward Black consciousness in the university was particularly appreciated at the time, his role as a professor and mentor seems to have vanished out of contemporary memory. Thanks to the documents conserved at the Booth Family Center at the Lauinger Library, this work examines testimonies and reports of Damas’ journey in the meandering of Black awareness at Georgetown University.

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