Alain Leroy Locke

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Alain Leroy Locke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1885 to Pliny and Mary.  He was called Roy by everyone who knew him, at the age of 16 he chose to use the first name of Alain.  He graduated from Central High School second in his 107th class.  After graduation, he attended Harvard University graduating with degrees in English and philosophy.

He was admitted to Hertford College where he studied literature, philosophy, Greek and Latin.  He received an assistant professorship in English at Howard University in 1912.  He retired in 1953, Locke Hall on the Howard campus is named in his honor.  He moved to New York City where is died in 1954.

What you may not know about Alain is that he was the first African-American to be a Rhodes Scholar. 

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Comments (17)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Well done Mr. Locke. Thanks for the post, and enjoy your Sunday.  Bill Salvatore

Jul 11, 2021 04:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James. As I've said before and at the risk of repeating myself... someone needed to be first. Alain Leroy Locke paved the way for the African American community.

Jul 11, 2021 04:58 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - glad to read this and nice to know another successful person who was born in the city of brotherly love.

Jul 11, 2021 05:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, James.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jul 11, 2021 05:12 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is some very cool history and I don't know much about how the Rhodes scholar thing works, but I know it entails that a person is smart, haha.

Jul 11, 2021 05:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Alain was indeed a deep thinker who achieved much. And now i know the rest of the story. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jul 11, 2021 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I try to piece together the clues you provide in each post to see if I can identify the subject you are profiling.  Today - again - he is new-to-me but I am thankful for the introduction.  

Jul 11, 2021 06:17 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. Thank you for this interesting biography of a distinguished Rhodes scholar

Jul 11, 2021 06:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another great story of an achiever.  We had a co-worker who was a Rhodes scholar.  Happy Sunday.  A

Jul 11, 2021 07:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - this was quite an accomplishment.  Not many people have the opportunity to become Rhodes Scholars. 

Jul 11, 2021 10:48 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- quite an achievement!  And being the First at something is very limited. 

Jul 11, 2021 11:37 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can honestly say I did not know that James Dray 

Jul 11, 2021 07:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another piece of history.  I always enjoy learning about the person who did something first - they set the tone for many others.

Jul 11, 2021 08:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jame:

I always enjoy reading these success stories in our history.


Jul 11, 2021 10:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

This is when Rhodes Scolars meant a lot... lately the bunch that are I just scratch my head....Endre

Jul 11, 2021 11:36 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Congratulations to anyone who has earned this award.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Jul 12, 2021 06:03 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

A high rank in his high school class followed by attendance and graduation from Harvard University…I could tell that Alain Leroy Locke was pretty smart…but, a Rhodes Scholar as an African American…that is quite an accomplishment!

Nov 01, 2021 02:00 PM