This new sense of woke is gaining in popularity and a byword for social awareness. Interesting to know that this word was used as an adjective meaning, weak, years ago; its meaning now obsolete:
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Forms: α. OE–ME wac (OE waac, infl. wake), ME northern wak, ME wake; β. ME woc, (ME wooc, infl… (Show More)
Origin: A word inherited from Germanic.
Etymology: Common Germanic (wanting in Gothic and Frisian): Old English wác , corresponding to Old Saxon, Middle Low German wêk , Middle Dutch weec (Dutch week ), Old High German weih (Middle High German, German weich ) yielding, soft, Old Norse veikr , vøyk-r (Swedish vek , Danish veg soft, Norwegian veik ) weak < Old Germanic *waikwo- , < *waikw- : *wῑkw- to yield, give way: see wick v.1 Compare weak adj., < Old Norse veikr.
The word died out in the 15th cent., being superseded by weak adj. and n.; if it had survived, its form in modern English would have been *wook (wuk), the vowel being modified in quality by the initial (w) and shortened by the final (k).
= weak adj. in various senses.
a. Pliant, flexible (only Old English).
b. Lacking in strength, vigour, endurance, or courage; inferior physically or morally.
c. Lowly in status or degree; insignificant.
Its new sense from slang to mainstream: https://knowyourmeme.com/news/oxford-english-dictionary-adds-word-woke#comments