Alain LeRoy Locke

Not by way of the forced and worn formula of Romanticism, but through the closeness of an imagination that has never broken kinship with nature. Art must accept such gifts, and reevaluate the giver.

  • Name: Alain LeRoy Locke 
  • Pronouns: he/him  
  • Born: September 13, 1885 
  • Died: June 9, 1954 
  • FromPhiladelphia, PA 
  • Occupation: American writer, philosopher and professor. 
  • Impact: Locke was known for being the leader and chief interpreter of the Harlem Renaissance.  
  • Known For: The New Negro (1925)
  • Awards: Won the Bowdoin Prize. Locke was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a highly distinguished honor society at Harvard University.
  • Interesting Fact: Locke was the first Black Rhodes Scholar.

Alain LeRoy Locke studied philosophy at Harvard University in 1907. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard in 1918. Locke taught at Howard University in Washington, DC for 40 years. He is responsible for guiding artistic activists and promoted the recognition and respect of Black people in American society. 


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