How It Feels to Be Colored Me Glossary

How It Feels to Be Colored Me Glossary

Harlem Renaissance

A literary and artistic movement that flourished in Harlem, New York in the 1920s which sought to promote the African-American contribution to American cultural history and norms. Key figures in this movement included Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes.

Negro

A historic term - now considered offensive and racist - to describe a black person in pre-21st century America.

Colloquialism

A form of everyday, informal speech. Examples in English include 'I wasn't born yesterday', which means 'You can't trick me'.

Colored

An adjective used to describe anyone who is not white. The term is controversial as some see it as offensive and a throwback to the time of Jim Crow, whilst others have embraced the term as liberating. One phrase used widely nowadays is 'POC' or 'Person/People of Color'.

Anthropology

The study of past civilizations and societies and how they were organised and how they behaved. Hurston was a keen anthropologist during her lifetime.

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