On this day in 1885, Alain Locke was born

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Alain Locke was born on September 13, 1885. He was best known for his influential work during the Harlem Renaissance. He also graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1907 and became the first African American to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar.

Locke’s contributions extended beyond his academic achievements, as he also played a significant role in advancing civil rights and advocating for LGBTQ rights, notably being an openly gay man during a time when such openness was often met with societal prejudice and discrimination.

Locke’s groundbreaking work included 1925’s “The New Negro,” which showcased the artistic and intellectual contributions of Black artists and writers during the Harlem Renaissance.

He believed in the power of culture and the arts to uplift and empower marginalized communities.

In 1954, he passed away at 68 years old.


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