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Encyclopedia > The New Negro

The New Negro: An Interpretation is a book edited by Alain Locke in 1925, about race in America. Locke lived in New York during the Harlem Renaissance. It collects writings from various sources about the role that African Americans have had in the developing of culture. Locke details achievements in art, music, and literature. It also contains projections as to what the future may bring for African American culture. This was one of the most influential books of the time. Alain LeRoy Locke (1886-1954) was born on September 13, 1886, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania He was an American educator, writer, and philosopher, and is best remembered as a leader and chief interpreter of the Harlem Renaissance. ... The Harlem Renaissance refers to a cultural revival of the New York City neighborhood Harlem during the 1920s. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ...


It contains numerous paintings and illustrations by artist Winold Reiss. It was published by Albert and Charles Boni, New York, 1925. Winold Reiss (1886-1953) was born September 16, 1886 in Karlsruhe, Germany. ...


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Alain Locke, Forward to The New Negro, An Interpretation (843 words)
This volume aims to document the New Negro culturally and socially,—to register the transformations of the inner and outer life of the Negro in America that have so significantly taken place in the last few years.
Of all the voluminous literature on the Negro, so much is mere external view and commentary that we may warrantably say that nine-tenths of it is about the Negro rather than of him, so that it is the Negro problem rather than the Negro that is known and mooted in the general mind.
Negro life is not only establishing new contacts and founding new centers, it is finding a new soul.
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