Alain Locke (1886-1954)
"The New Negro" (1925)
What is Locke's thesis? How does it compare with Hughes's?
Explain: "The negro has been more of a formula than a human being"
Explain: "By shedding the old chrysalis of the Negro problem we
are achieving something like a spiritual emancipation" (161).
Is the "vision of opportunity, of social and economic freedom" (163)
Explain: "The intelligent Negro of to-day . . . is trying to hold
himself at par, neither inflated by sentimental allowances nor depreciated
by current social discounts" (165).
What characteristics does Locke associate with the "new mentality for
the American Negro" (167)?
Is such a things as a "group psychology" actually possible? Explain.