September 19 – First international conference of Black writers and artists holds in Paris

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First International Conference Of Black Writers

September 19, 1956: First international conference of Black writers and artists holds in Paris.

The First International Congress of Black Writers and Artists, which held from September 19 – 22, 1956 at the Sorbonne in Paris, was one of the most significant gatherings of black intellectuals during the 20th century. Considered a “cultural Bandung,” the congress remains a landmark event in the history of black internationalism organized by Présence africaine, the publishing house and nexus of the black community in Paris, the Congress featured such speakers as Richard WrightLéopold SenghorAimé Césaire, and Frantz Fanon.

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