A Poet Passes: Léopold Sédar Senghor Remembered

Reminiscences of Senegal's first president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and his times.

Issue: Spring 2002

In 1961, less than twelve months after the independence of both Mauritania and Senegal, I was in my last year of high school at Van Vollenhoven, the prestigious French lycée in Dakar, Senegal. I still remember the beautiful green, white and beige cranes parading in the park of the presidential palace, the residence of former governors of French West Africa. I remember, too, going with a friend to visit my own President, Moktar Ould Daddah, then the guest of his Senegalese colleague Léopold Sédar Senghor.

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