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