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By Leonard Harris

ISBN-10: 0226317765

ISBN-13: 9780226317762

Alain L. Locke (1886-1954), in his well-known 1925 anthology The New 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 at once 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 talented thinker and author, Alain L. Locke narrates the untold tale of his profound influence 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 guts in their narrative illuminates Locke’s heady years in Twenties ny urban and his forty-year occupation at Howard collage, the place he helped spearhead the grownup schooling move of the Nineteen Thirties and wrote on subject matters starting from the philosophy of price to the speculation of democracy. Harris and Molesworth convey 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 obstacles among communities.

 
The multifaceted portrait that emerges from this attractive account successfully reclaims Locke’s rightful position within the pantheon of America’s most vital minds.

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But Locke comes to this view only in the course of a long reflection about such identities. Clearly his own membership in certain groups was data that was ready at hand to help him understand the larger issues. For the primary grades, Locke attended the Charles Close School, at Seventh and Dickinson Streets in Philadelphia. Mary Locke taught at this school before, during, and after Locke was a student there, from 1886 to 1903, then joining Mt. Vernon. It combined primary and grammar schools, with a total of about seven hundred students, all boys.

The security offered by the mother, along with the atmosphere in the house, added up to an unshakable sense of self-possession: I was a self-centered, rather selfish and extremely poised child, mature enough even before my father’s death to be indifferent to others and what they did or thought. I would not accept money or gifts from other people, no matter how tempting. Was trained to be extremely polite but standoffish with others. I was unusually obedient, but never had any unreasonable conditions to put up with, since most things were explained to me beforehand.

G. ) Locke also joined the Philosophical Club, and though he applied to work on the Crimson he evidently was not accepted. C. There was a lecture by Henry George, the social reformer best known for advancing the famous single-tax theory, about his visit with Tolstoy. In Locke’s senior year he heard a series of lectures on early Greek poetry by Gilbert Murray, this after having become tolerably fluent in the ancient language. Frequent lectures by such established figures ensured that self- Harvard 37 culture and service were constantly discussed and debated in public and private arenas.

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