Meet the Father of the Harlem Renaissance

Author Alain Locke, the first black Rhodes scholar, launched a creative revolution.

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Locke’s final volume again gathered essays by various writers. Enthusiastic about the growth of archaeology and anthropology, Locke used contributions from 80 experts in those fields. Called When Peoples Meet (1942), it approached the issues of race and race relations from myriad points of view. Locke contributed the brilliant analytic essays that separated and contextualized the book’s five chapters. He passed away in New York City in 1954.

Charles Molesworth is professor emeritus of English at Queens College, City University of New York. In 2012 he edited the essays of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press), and published And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen.

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