BORN

September 13, 1885
Philadelphia, PA

DIED

June 9, 1954

Alain LeRoy Locke

Writer, Philosopher, Educator, Patron of the Arts, First African-American Rhodes Scholar, "Father of the Harlem Renaissance"

All classes of people under social pressure are permeated with a common experience; they are emotionally welded as others cannot be. With them, even ordinary living has epic depth and lyric intensity, and this, their material handicap, is their spiritual advantage.

—Alain LeRoy Locke

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