Aime Cesaire

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Victor Tisserand 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 AFPVictor Tisserand, 85, a supporter of the Martinican Progressive Party (PPM), poses in front of two portraits of late French poet and politician Aime Cesaire, which he met for more than fifty 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. French poet Aime Cesaire (June 25, 1913 – 17 April 2008) was former mayor of Fort-de-France and 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)