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The Educator at Work and at Large

The Educator at Work and at Large

(p.285) Chapter Nine The Educator at Work and at Large
Alain L. Locke
University of Chicago Press

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

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