First used in 1938 by Huddie William LedbetterLead Belly’ in Scotsboro Boys. The phrase was repeated, by a union official, in 1940 to J Saunders Redding, who used it in an academic article in 1942. When Redding wrote “stay woke”, he meant stay alert for injustice, discrimination, prejudice, unfairness, to anyone, irrespective of race, colour, religion, sexual orientation or anything else.
When Redding said "Stay Woke!" He meant is as an injunction, a wake-up call, not the entry to a club or a fashion accessory.
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Stay Woke: Be alert and ready

It can be used in a sentence like YO fathin! Stay woke bruh! Why you always playn. Get
It can be used in a sentence like Yo! Stay woke bruh! Why you always playing dude. Pay attention to lecture ya white gurl!
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In the same way that one love means "smoke pot" , stay woke means "eat acid"

I.e. stay woke fam
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Deriving from "stay awake," to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.
The headlines say they looted McDonald's, but they won't tell you about the tear gas the police threw at the crowds, or the fact that they needed the milk from the McDonald's to treat the effects of it. Stay woke.
by pazwell August 20, 2014
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Stay woke means to understand the real world and to look everything and think twice because things can change in a second, to look deep and know what to permanently take something into your life, to know everything that’s fake or sus around you and to know when to cut people off .
Two faced people all around, people need to stay woke about it .
by Cathcart August 10, 2019
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Stay woke means to understand the real world and to look everything and think twice because things can change in a second, to look deep and know what to permanently take something into your life, to know everything that’s fake or sus around you and to know when to cut people off .
Two faced people all around, people need to stay woke about it .
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Something used in the racial movements and something my middle school basketball coach says on defense
Coach: Cameron, stay woke out there

Cameron: I got you, coach
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