Alain LeRoy Locke

Alain LeRoy Locke

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Jun 1954 (aged 68)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 96401495 · View Source
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Scholar, Professor of Philosophy, Author. Born in Philadelphia. In 1907 he became the first Black Rhodes Scholar. His selection caused a dramatic impact because of the efforts of many White American scholars, specially psychologist to "prove" the intellectual inferiority of Blacks as a rational basis for segregation. He received his bachelor's degree with honors at Harvard University, a bachelor's in literature at England's Oxford university , where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a doctor of philosophy degree at Harvard. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University and he led a successful movement to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Howard University. He taught at Harvard for 41 years and he developed the curriculum for the College of Liberal Arts. He made a major contribution as an interpreter and promoter of Black art, music and culture. It is believed that he is the architect of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Philosopher Educator Cosmopolitan
Herald of Harlem Renaissance
Exponent of Cultural Pluralism
First African-American Rhodes Scholar



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