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The Philosopher Who Believed That Art Was Key to Black Liberation | The New York Times “The question is no longer what whites think of the Negro but of what the Negro wants to do and what price he is willing to pay to do it.”

THE NEW NEGRO The Life of Alain Locke By Jeffrey C. Stewart 932 pp. Oxford University Press. $39.95. Alain LeRoy Locke’s drive to revolutionize black culture was fueled in no small part by his sense of self-importance. “When a man has something to be conceited over,” he wrote, “I call it self-respect.” Unlike many of his colleagues and rivals in the black freedom struggle of the early 20th century, Locke, a trailblazer of the Harlem Renaissance, believed that art and the Great Migration, not political protest, were the keys to black progress. Black Americans would only forge a new and […]

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