Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

By Leonard Harris

Alain L. Locke (1886-1954), in his well-known 1925 anthology TheNew Negro, declared that “the pulse of the Negro global has started to overcome in Harlem.” known as the daddy of the Harlem Renaissance, Locke had his finger without delay on that pulse, selling, influencing, and sparring with such figures as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jacob Lawrence, Richmond Barthé, William supply nonetheless, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and John Dewey. The long-awaited first biography of this terribly proficient thinker and author, Alain L. Locke narrates the untold tale of his profound impression on twentieth-century America’s cultural and highbrow life.

Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth hint this tale via Locke’s Philadelphia upbringing, his undergraduate years at Harvard—where William James helped spark his influential engagement with pragmatism—and his tenure because the first African American Rhodes student. the center in their narrative illuminates Locke’s heady years in Twenties long island urban and his forty-year occupation at Howard collage, the place he helped spearhead the grownup schooling flow of the Thirties and wrote on themes starting from the philosophy of price to the idea of democracy. Harris and Molesworth exhibit that all through this illustrious career—despite a proper demeanour that many observers interpreted as elitist or distant—Locke remained a hot and potent instructor and mentor, in addition to a fierce champion of literature and artwork as technique of breaking down limitations among communities.
The multifaceted portrait that emerges from this enticing account successfully reclaims Locke’s rightful position within the pantheon of America’s most crucial minds.

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5 million, a very considerable sum for those days; the building would last until 1939, and by 1909 had well over two thousand students. Among a long roster of famous alumni was Thomas Eakins, a member of the thirty-eighth graduating class. A noteworthy feature of Central High was The Mirror, a monthly student publication that appeared during the school year, supported in part by advertisements and the Associated Alumni, and featuring not only club news but also various features written by the students.

He also attended concerts given by the Boston Symphony and would often mention details to his mother, praising and dispraising with firm conviction. His taste in music supported one of the more elitist strains in Locke’s temperament and would often be cited against him in later years. A lifelong inveterate concertgoer, his knowledgeable love of music was one of the pillars of his esthetic enjoyment. He made a point to hear the famous Jubilee Singers, who had won renown for their versions of the sorrow songs and whose national tour raised funds for Fisk University.

He needed to do what amounted to remedial work in these subjects, so during the academic year 1904–1905 Locke worked extremely hard. He was able to keep his grades up by relying on the study habits and frequent writing he had practiced at Pedagogy. At the same time he developed a sophisticated social life. The course of undergraduate study at Harvard at the turn of the century was extremely rigorous compared to previous and later periods. This was combined, however, with a recent reform of the curriculum, initiated by Harvard 31 President Charles Eliot, that did away with required courses and substituted a system of electives.

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