Léopold Sédar Senghor

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Senghor, Léopold Sédar


Born Oct. 9, 1906, in Joal, Senegal. Senegalese state figure, philosopher, and poet.

Senghor graduated from the faculty of letters of the Sorbonne in 1933, and between 1935 and 1958 he taught at various educational institutions in France, except during the period 1939 to 1942. From 1939 to 1940 he served in the French Army, and from 1940 to 1942 he was a prisoner of the Germans; he subsequently took part in the French Resistance movement.

From 1936 to 1948, Senghor was a member of the French Socialist Party. In 1948 he founded the party known as the Senegalese Democratic Bloc; in 1959 the party was reorganized as the Senegalese Progressive Union and in 1976 as the Socialist Party of Senegal. Senghor became its secretary-general in 1959. Between 1945 and 1960 he held a number of ministerial posts in France. From Apr. 4, 1959, through Aug. 20, 1960, he served as president of the Federal Assembly of the Mali Federation. In September 1960, he was elected president of the Republic of Senegal, and from December 1962 to February 1970 he was both president of the country and head of the government. Senghor is one of the originators of the concept of negritude, which asserts the uniqueness of Africa’s historical destiny and the uniqueness of the psychological makeup of the African personality.

Senghor’s participation in the Resistance movement is reflected in his poetic cycle Hosties Noires (1948). Senghor is also the author of the verse collections Chants d’ombre (1945) and Chants pour Naett (1949), the dramatic poem Chaka (1949), which deals with the heroic past of the African peoples, and other works.

Senghor holds honorary doctorates from a number of univer sities, including those of Paris and Strasbourg. He is a foreign member of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (1969).


Nation et voie africaine du socialisme. Paris, 1961.
On African Socialism. New York-London [1964].
La Négritude est un humanisme du XX siècle. Dakar, 1971.
Poèmes. Paris, 1974.
In Russian translation:
Pesn’nochi i solntsa. [Afterword by M. Malyshev.] Moscow, 1965.
Izbrannaia lirika. [Foreword by M. Vaksmakher.] Moscow, 1969.


Potekhina, G. I. Ocherki sovremennoi literatury Zapadnoi Afriki. Moscow, 1968.
Sovremennye literatury Afriki. Moscow, 1973–74.
Guibert, A. L. S. Senghor. (Poétes d’aujourd’hui.) Paris, 1962.
Leusse, H. de. L. S. Senghor, I’Africain. [Paris, 1967.]
Mezu, S. O. L. S. Senghor. Paris [1968]. (Contains a bibliography on pp. 207–29).
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1962 - Senegal's President Leopold Senghor takes charge of the government in Dakar.
Rabine's discussion of a private collection of photographs by Leopold Senghor suggests that there is little overlap between the concept of Negritude he championed and his personal attire of mostly white or greyish suits.
I argue that Mofolo's text engenders a complex narrative of cultural exchanges that, thanks to Leopold Senghor, extends beyond the Senegalese poet to include a number of Francophone African writers such as Seydou Badian from Mali or Congolese poet and playwright Tchikaya U'Tam'Si, for instance.
The book begins with the Negritude Movement, and specifically the work of Leopold Senghor, Aime Cesaire, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
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Il est aux cotes d'Amilcar Cabral pour l'independance de la Guinee et du Cap Vert et se joint a Aime Cesaire, fondateur du mouvement de la litterature negritude, et a Leopold Senghor, ancien president senegalais pour la defense des valeurs humaines en Afrique.
Decidement, on conviendra fort bien que cette troupe brassee de nombreuses cultures de la noble negritude plurielle, foncierement exhibee par Leopold Senghor, se hisse dans le summum de l'art dramatique de qualite.
The book had forewords written by both President Nnamdi Azikiwe (who had withdrawn support for Biafra around the same time) and President Leopold Senghor of Senegal, who, from a neutral position praised Uwechue's objectivity and his desire to present verifiable facts.
His latest distinction was the 2013 Grand Prix Leopold Senghor de Poesie awarded by the Paris-based Cenacle de Poesie, Arts, et Lettres.
Senegal must play Angola in neutral Guinea because of a one-year ban for Dakar's Leopold Senghor Stadium after a riot there in an African Cup qualifier in October.
The likes of Kofi Annan, Leopold Senghor and Jospin de Villepin have all attended Assilah and taken part in debates and discussions.
The focus is mostly centred on Ivory Coast, a most talented team but whose only victory was in 1992 when they beat Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal.