Alain Locke (13 September, 1885 – 9 June, 1954) was a writer, educator, philosopher and a a leading African-American intellectual hailing from Philadelphia, PA.
- Born as Alain Leroy Locke in Philadelphia, PA, he was the only child and a decedent of prominent families of free blacks.
- Pliny Ishmael Locke, the writer’s father, was the first African-American employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
- In 1907 Mr. Locke graduated from https://www.harvard.edu majoring in English and philosophy. He was also the recipient of the Bowdoin Prize.
- He was the first African-American selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Shamefully, several Rhodes Scholars from the American South refused to live in the same college and attend events with Mr. Locke.
- Mr. Locke studied Latin, Greek, literature, and philosophy in Hertford College, Oxford and philosophy at the University of Berlin.
- In 1912 Mr. Locke became an assistant professor in English at Howard University in Washington DC.
- Mr. Locke’s academic career would
- Eventually Mr. Locke because the chair of the department of philosophy in Howard.
- Mr. Locke has been widely regarded as the originator of the New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance.
- To this day, the main building for the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University is called Locke Hall, and there are at least 5 schools around the United States named after him.
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