The Educator at Work and at Large

in Alain L. Locke

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226317762
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317809 | DOI:
The Educator at Work and at Large

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Alain L. Locke continually pursued his vocation as a race leader in many ways and many contexts throughout the last two decades of his life. The appearance of fascist dictatorships, which heralded a yet more vicious form of race superiority, would turn his attention to the fundamental countering values of democracy and cultural reciprocity. Among the roles Locke sought for himself, three were aspects of each other: educator, editor, and author. He published a number of essays every year on education, culture, and racial issues, while continuing his review of the year's books by African American writers. At Howard University, Locke continued to teach courses in philosophy, but also to speak to students there, and audiences throughout the country, about the purposes of education. Though self-admittedly elitist in his aesthetic and intellectual standards, Locke's teacherly impulses remained democratic, most obviously in his editorial work on the Bronze Booklets.

Keywords: Alain L. Locke; race superiority; democracy; cultural reciprocity; education; culture; racial issues; Howard University; Bronze Booklets

Chapter.  18855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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