William Grant Still

William Grant Still Exhibition

World's Fair

Still and Locke Correspondence

Still to
Locke Alain Locke (b. September 13, 1885 Philadelphia, Pa.; d. Washington, D.C. 1954) is best known for his involvement with the Harlem Renaissance, although his work and influence extend well beyond. Through The New Negro, published in 1925, Locke popularized and most adequately defined the Renaissance as a movement in black arts and letters. His interest and writings cover a wide range of topics, including philosophy, music, art, literature, anthropology, political theory, sociology, and African Studies. Besides his chairing and teaching in the Department of Philosophy at Howard University, he spent a great deal of time advising and encouraging many African American artists in various fields.

In this letter to Alain Locke, Still speaks about the honor of being able to write the theme song for the New York World's Fair and how wonderful it is that he can write something that does not have to be "Negroid."

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A project of The Digital Scriptorium, Special Collections Library, Duke University. September 1995