Spreading Good News (Post 702 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Alain Leroy Locke, the First African American Rhodes Scholar)

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IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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EARN YOUR WAY INTO SOMEONE’S HEART.  ~ Joyce Fields

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The “Constant Quote” (above) was chosen to appear in the 2013 Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar that is available at http://www.womansadvantage.biz/prod_cat.php 

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Alain Leroy Locke, the First African American Rhodes Scholar

Source:  The Internet

Alain Leroy Locke, a leading black intellectual during the early twentieth century and an important supporter of the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 13, 1886 to Pliny Ishmael Locke and Mary Hawkins Locke.  His parents were middle-class, educated professionals.  A gifted and talented student, Locke attended Harvard University in 1904, where he studied under renowned scholars, including Josiah Royce, George Santana, and William James.

Locke excelled at his studies and became the first African American to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.  After earning his undergraduate degree in 1907, Locke attended Oxford University, where he obtained another B.A. degree in 1910.  The following year, he attended the University of Berlin.

In 1912, Locke returned to the United States, where he became an assistant professor of philosophy at Howard University, beginning an academic career that would span four decades.  He also joined the newly organized Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.  In 1916, Locke interrupted his teaching career at Howard to return to Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy.  When Locke rejoined the faculty at Howard, he quickly rose in rank and, in 1921, became the chair of the Philosophy Department.  He remained in this position until his retirement in 1953.

Locke was known as an engaging, talented, accessible, and admired professor by his students and his colleagues.  He was a pioneer in interdisciplinary scholarship as his work transcended standard academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.  Locke also embraced progressive, avant-garde, and, some would argue, unorthodox teaching methods while at Howard, which were sometimes viewed with suspicion by more traditionally-oriented colleagues and administrators at his institution.

Alain Locke has been widely regarded as the originator of the New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance.  His main contribution to both movements was the promotion and emphasis on values, diversity, and race relations.  He challenged African Americans to acknowledge and promote their cultural heritage, while, at the same time, making the effort to integrate into the larger society and appreciate the mores and customs of other ethnic groups.  He also was a firm believer in W.E.B DuBois’ Talented Tenth philosophy, yet, unlike DuBois, he remained socially attached to the general African American population and staunchly resisted any form of elitist behavior.

Locke was a resourceful, intelligent, altruistic, and generous man who managed to serve as a mentor and establish close relationships with Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Jean Toomer, Rudolph Fisher, and Zora Neale Hurston.  While Locke was never open about his homosexuality, his sexuality contributed to his various sensibilities and would frequently manifest itself in his works.

Alain Locke died on June 9, 1954 in New York City at the age of 68.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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4 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 702 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Alain Leroy Locke, the First African American Rhodes Scholar)

  1. Sandra says:

    I can only imagine the challenges he had to face. Obviously they made him stronger; lessons we can all learn from.

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