Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro - the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness.In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance.
in 1925 Locke was asked to program the March edition of the progressive journal Survey Graphic, called “Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro.” In his introductory essay to the issue—”Enter the New Negro,” excerpted here—he assessed Harlem’s growing significance as the home of African American urban cultural pursuits.
Book Chapter titled, "1936, July 5: Ralph Ellison meets Langston Hughes and Alain Locke outside the Harlem YMCA, leading to a meeting with Richard Wright the following year."
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Wright, Louis E. Journal of Black Studies, 2011, Vol.42 (4), p.665-689.
Although Alain Locke's works are well known, they have rarely been assessed for their direct significance as political theory. In this article, the author undertakes such an assessment by exposing the political implications of Locke's formulations on race in a number of lectures he conducted in 1916.
Specifically, this article shows that although Locke's works have been interpreted as advocating a critical pragmatism on race, they put forth a new kind of racialism that is neither critical nor conservative, although decidedly radical. Exposing this makes it easier to see the connection between Locke's works and the earlier thinkers on race before the European Enlightenment as well as ways in which they anticipate important trends in contemporary political thought.
Harris, Leonard; Kalumba, Kibujjo M.
Philosophia Africana, 2004, Vol.7 (1), p.15-39.
Examines the debate between authors W.E.B Du Bois and Alain L. Locke on the nature of the beautiful and its role as an agent for social change. Features of Du Bois' concept of science; Du Bois' criticism of Locke's literary anthology, "The New Negro"; Difference between Du Bois and Locke's attitude toward Claude McKay's novel "Home to Harlem.