Scholarships: Two for the Fight

Rhodes scholarships for study at Oxford were four years old in 1907 when the Pennsylvania selection committee chose a Harvardman with top honors but a black skin. In hot protest. Southern winners bearded the trustees in London, but Empire Builder Cecil Rhodes had clearly provided that no one be "qualified or disqualified on account of his race or religious opinions." Off to Oxford went Alain Locke, the first U.S. Negro Rhodesman. who was a noted philosophy professor at Howard University before his death nine years ago. Not until last week had any other...

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