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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