Definition of black consciousness in US English:

black consciousness


  • Awareness of one's identity as a black person, especially as a basis for a political grouping or movement.

    ‘the growth of black consciousness’
    as modifier ‘the civil rights and black consciousness movements of the late 1960s’
    • ‘His reaction raises the question of black autonomy and self-possession, suggesting that these parts of black consciousness cannot emerge through the actions of white liberals.’
    • ‘The characters in his comic strip are a throwback to ‘Jesse B. Semple,’ a voice of black consciousness that the author unleashed in the weekly paper in 1942.’
    • ‘In any case, Hayes reaped nothing but benefits from Shaft, taking on many of the characteristics of the superfly private eye and beginning to embody the idea of a raised black consciousness.’
    • ‘Jazz and blues singers pioneered messages of black consciousness and artistic collaboration.’
    • ‘Doug, a pianist and songwriter, and Jean, a singer, had put out a series of black consciousness jazz albums on the Black Jazz label.’
    • ‘‘I grew up thinking of myself as black because my brothers taught me about black consciousness,’ she says.’
    • ‘So this allows you to account for all the ambivalence that informs the efforts to construct a Chicano consciousness, a black consciousness, and so forth.’
    • ‘At the same time, the reviewer appreciates the author's ability to interpret the black consciousness through colonial newspaper advertisements and other sources.’
    • ‘As militant new leaders confronted the establishment and appealed to a rising black consciousness, urban riots manifested the rage and hopelessness that gripped the nation's inner cities.’
    • ‘This was part of the era when I discovered the roots of Caribbean music, probably due to the black consciousness of the time.’