Rejected for being gay, Alain LeRoy Rocke became the Father of the Harlem Renaissance

Alain LeRoy Locke was a longtime Howard University professor, art critic, writer and philosopher. He is the first Black Rhodes Scholar and considered the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”. Once known as America’s “Black Mecca,” Harlem is as much a household name as the Harlem Renaissance. However, Locke gave expression to the movement he called “the New Negro” which we now know as the Harlem Renaissance. During the early 20th century, Locke was a leading black intellectual who supported the Harlem Renaissance. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September…

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