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Alain Locke

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(1886–1954). Philosopher, writer, and principal theorist of the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Philadelphia, Alain LeRoy Locke graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1907. That ...

Locke, Alain

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., Alain ( Alain LeRoy Locke ) ( 1886–1954 ), American philosopher and cultural critic , born in Philadelphia, educated at the Philadelphia School of Pedagogy, Oxford University, the University of Berlin, and Harvard. Among other academic appointments, he was Professor of Philosophy at Howard University. Throughout his teaching and writing career he promoted African-American culture and the arts, most notably as editor of an anthology of writing by Langston Hughes and other contributors associated with the Harlem Renaissance , The New Negro : An...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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2018
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...later books and articles, Locke continued to present black literary and artistic achievement to the public, and he was instrumental in organizing important exhibitions of African American art. Material he gathered in hopes of establishing a Harlem museum for African art belongs today to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. http://www.anb.org/articles/20/20-00599.html?a=1&n=alain%20locke&d=10&ss=0&q=1 (subscription) Biography, bibliography https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/alain-locke/ Biographical chronology,...

Locke, Alain

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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Literature
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...Locke, Alain ( 1885–1954 ), critic , educator , philosopher , and mentor of the Harlem Renaissance . Alain Locke's role as a general factotum of the Harlem Renaissance has tended to overshadow the full dimensions of an active and productive life. John Edgar Tidwell and John Wright list more than three hundred items spanning the period from 1904 to 1953 in “Alain Locke: A Comprehensive Bibliography of His Published Writings” ( Callaloo , Feb.–Oct., 1981 ). Born in (or near) Philadelphia to parents who were school-teachers, Locke came to...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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...University Press, 1982. Locke, Alain . “Common Clay and Poetry.” Saturday Review of Literature , April 9, 1927. Locke, Alain . “The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts.” In The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance , edited by Alain Locke . New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. Locke, Alain , ed. The New Negro: An Interpretation . New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1925. Nadell, Martha Jane . Enter the New Negroes: Images of Race in American Culture . Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004. Tidwell, John Edgar . “ Alain Locke: A Comprehensive...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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2010
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..., Alain Alain LeRoy Locke ( 1885–1954 ) was the leading African American philosopher of his time. Raised in Philadelphia, Locke graduated magna cum laude in philosophy from Harvard College ( 1907 ) and became the first African American to win a Rhodes scholarship. He studied classics and philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford, until 1910 , and attended classes at Alain Locke. YALE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY. the University of Berlin the following year. Locke eventually returned to Harvard...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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2021
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..., Alain ( 1885–1954 ) , critic, philosopher, and one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance ; he is known for elucidating the concept of the New Negro and for his explorations of Black cultural history. Born in Philadelphia to schoolteacher parents, Locke attended Harvard College before spending time at Oxford and the University of Berlin. He taught at Howard University and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1917. During the 1920s, he worked as an advisor for Opportunity and an editor for The New Negro as well as Four Negro Poets ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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2008
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Quotations
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...Alain Locke 1886 – 1954 Harlem is the precious fruit in the Garden of Eden, the big apple. An early example of the “big apple” metaphor, cited in Deirdre Mullane, ed., Words to Make My Children Live: A Book of African American Quotations , 1995. Locke who earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, was the first black Rhodes Scholar, and taught philosophy at Howard University. He edited The New Negro , 1925, an anthology that introduced the writers of the Harlem Renaissance to a wide audience c. 1919...

Locke, Alain Leroy

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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...Works by Locke Locke, Alain Leroy The Problem of Classification in the Theory of Value. Ph.D. diss., Harvard University, 1918. Locke, Alain Leroy Art of the Ancestors . Survey Graphic 6.6 (March 1925): 673. Locke, Alain Leroy The Art of Auguste Mambour . Opportunity 3 (August 1925): 240–241, 252. Locke, Alain Leroy Internationalism—Friend or Foe of Art? The World Tomorrow 8 (March 1925): 75–76. Locke, Alain Leroy The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts. In The New Negro , edited by Alain L. Locke , pp. 3–16. 1925; New York, 1992. Locke, Alain Leroy ...

Locke, Alain Leroy

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The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

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2010
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..., Alain Leroy ( 1885–1954 ) Alain L. Locke played many roles in his life: cultural critic, editor, author, mentor, educator, patron of the arts, and philosopher. He was born on 13 September 1885 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died on 9 June 1954 in New York City. He was the son of Mary H. Locke, a teacher in Camden, New Jersey who attended the Felix Adler Ethical Society. Locke’s father, Pliny I. Locke, was a graduate of Howard University’s Law School (1872), and worked for the Freedmen’s Bureau and the Freedmen’s Bank. Locke was among the first...

Locke, Alain Leroy

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Tommy Lott

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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2014
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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... Alain L. Locke . New York: Doubleday, 1992. “Preface.” In A Decade of Negro Self Expression , edited by Alain L. Locke , pp. 5–8. Charlottesville, Va., 1928. “The Problem of Classification in the Theory of Value.” PhD diss., Harvard University, 1918. “To Certain of Our Philistines.” Opportunity 3 (May 1925): 155–156. “Up Till Now.” In The Negro Artist Comes of Age: A National Survey of Contemporary American Artists , pp. iii–vi. Albany, N.Y.: Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945. “Values and Imperatives.” In The Philosophy of Alain Locke ,...

Locke, Alain Leroy

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Peter Fraser

The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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2007
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History, Regional and National History
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517 words

..., Alain Leroy ( 1886–1954 ). One of the most influential figures in promoting the intellectual and artistic life of the Black diaspora during the first half of the 20th century. He was especially interested in the visual arts but also encouraged black dramatists. Locke was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Harvard University in 1907 , and then attended Oxford University from 1907 to 1910 as the first black Rhodes Scholar. He then did advanced work in philosophy in Berlin before returning to the United States. He joined Howard University in 1912 , only...

Locke, Alain [Le Roy]

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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Literature
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151 words

..., Alain [Le Roy] ( 1886–1954 ), seminal influence in starting the Harlem Renaissance through his ground-breaking anthology The New Negro: An Interpretation ( 1925 ). It focused critical attention on the work of hitherto ignored writers and was a source of inspiration to many other black writers. Locke, a Philadelphian with degrees from Harvard and Oxford, conceived the plan of his book after a six-month tour of the American South in 1911 which left him convinced that black people must tell their own stories to lift themselves. From this same experience...

Alain Locke

Alain Locke  

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(1886–1954).Philosopher, writer, and principal theorist of the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Philadelphia, Alain LeRoy Locke graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1907. That year, he was the first ...
African Aesthetics

African Aesthetics  

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In academic (Western) scholarship, the systematic study of indigenous African aesthetic criteria really just began during the last decades of the twentieth century. Prior to then, the kinds of ...
James Allen

James Allen  

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(1907–77), African‐American photographer,who ran a studio in Harlem between the wars patronized by members of the New Negro Arts Movement, including W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Paul Robeson ...
New Negro

New Negro  

An anthology edited by Alain Locke, The New Negro was hailed immediately upon its publication in 1925 as a highly significant exemplar of the burgeoning creativity that came first to be known as the ...
Richard Bruce Nugent

Richard Bruce Nugent  

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(1906–1987), popular writer and artist of the Harlem Renaissance era,also known as Bruce Nugent and Richard Bruce. “Shadows,” Richard Bruce Nugent's first published poem, on the subject of race, ...
Richmond Barthé

Richmond Barthé  

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(b. 28 January 1901; d. 5 March 1989),artist. Barthé's stylistic sculptures of the African American captured the human passion and genuine character, culture, and ethnic identity of the race. ...
Wallace Thurman

Wallace Thurman  

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(b. 16 August 1902; d. 22 December 1934),writer and editor. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wallace Thurman had to cover a lot of ground before he arrived in ...
Palmer Hayden

Palmer Hayden  

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(1890–1973).Painter. An African American who depicted contemporary black life and folklore, he also painted cityscapes, seascapes, and other subjects. His best-known work, The Janitor Who Paints ...

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