(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.