Aime Cesaire


Therese Lupter, a supporter of the Martinican Progressive Party ,... News PhotoAime Cesaire,Anniversary,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Celebration,Fort de France,French Culture,French Overseas Territory,Headquarters,Horizontal,Launch Event,Literature,Martinique,New Life,Poet,Politician,Portrait,SupporterPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPTherese Lupter, a supporter of the Martinican Progressive Party (PPM), poses in front of a portrait of French poet and politician Aime Cesaire, which she met for forty years, on January 21, 2013 at the PPM headquarters in Fort-de-France, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, during the launch of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Cesaire's birth. Cesaire (June 25, 1913 – 17 April 2008) was former mayor of Fort-de-France and had funded the PPM party in 1958. As a pioneer of the black pride movement, Cesaire was a cult figure on his native island of Martinique and in the French-speaking world. With fellow writers such as Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal, 'Papa Cesaire' invented the term 'negritude,' which he defined as an 'affirmation that one is black and proud of it', decades before the emergence of Steve Biko or Martin Luther King. AFP PHOTO JEAN-MICHEL ANDRE (Photo credit should read JEAN-MICHEL ANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)