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Alain Leroy Locke
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Locke circa 1946
Born Alain Leroy Locke
(1885-09-13)September 13, 1885
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 9, 1954(1954-06-09) (aged 68)
Occupation Writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts
Language English
Nationality American
Education Harvard University

Alain Leroy Locke (September 13, 1885 – June 9, 1954) was an American writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts. Distinguished as the first African American Rhodes Scholar in 1907, Locke was the philosophical architect —the acknowledged "Dean"— of the Harlem Renaissance. As a result, popular listings of influential African-Americans have repeatedly included him. On March 19, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed: "We're going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe."[1]

  1. Cone, James H. (2000). Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation, 1968-1998. Beacon Press. p. 152. ISBN 9780807009512.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.