The first African American student to receive the Rhodes Scholar Award

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The first African American student to receive the Rhodes Scholar Award

(1886-1954)
ALAIN L. LOCKE
Won the highest achievement for academic preparation in 1907 when he was the first African American student to receive the Rhodes Scholar award. A Philadelphia native, Locke attended Oxford on the scholarship, continued his education at the University of Berlin, and then became a full professor of philosophy at Howard University a year before receiving a Harvard University Ph.D. He not only influenced young writers with original and somewhat controversial philosophical writings, but also instilled an appreciation for the arts.

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