List of the various documents at the Baha'i Library Online by or about Alain Locke, an American writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts who received a Tablet from Abdu'l-Baha.
Alain Locke materials:
index to some documents online
By Alain Locke:
Scholarship by Christopher Buck (in chronological order):
Scholarship by others:
Presentations by Christopher Buck:
Tablet of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to Alain Locke:
- Alain Locke: Baha’i Philosopher, in Baha’i Studies Review volume 10 (2001). Pages 7–49.
- Alain Locke and Cultural Pluralism, in Search for Values: Ethics in Bahá’í Thought (2002). Pages 94-158.
- Alain Locke, in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies (2004). Pages 195-219.
- Alain Locke: Race Leader, Social Philosopher, Bahá'í Pluralist, in World Order 36:3 (2005). Pages 7-36.
- Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy. Los Angeles: Kalimat Press (2005). 302 pages.
- Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy, Reviews. Reviews by William Collins, Anthony Fitchue and Derik Smith (2005-2007).
- Alain Locke: Four Talks Redefining Democracy, Education, and World Citizenship. Edited and introduced by Christopher Buck and Betty J. Fisher. World Order 38.3 (2006/2007): 21–41.
- Alain Locke, in Encyclopedia of African American History, Volume 1 (2010). Pages 224-227.
This Tablet has not been found. Buck provides the details in Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy, pp. 64-65:
The discovery of the date of Locke’s conversion does not throw any light on the next two years of Locke’s activities as a Bahá’í. It was the usual practice at that time for new believers to write to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land. Indeed, there is indirect evidence that Locke, following his conversion, did write to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Haifa. That same evidence directly points to the existence of a Tablet that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed in reply. Such evidence rests on the testimony of Louis Gregory who, in 1933, wrote: “It is to be hoped that the friends both locally and nationally, will largely make use of the great powers of Dr. Locke both in the teaching and administrative fields of the Cause. He has made the pilgrimage to Haifa. The Master in a Tablet praised him highly and it is known that the Guardian shares his love for our able brother." This “lead” was the clue that launched my quest to find that missing Tablet. In the Alain Locke Papers, I did discover a Tablet, dated 1919, from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, but its recipient was someone other than Locke himself. To date, the Tablet to Locke has not been found.
Update, 2014: Please see p. 31 of the Bahá'í Studies Review article for the original Persian text of the Tablet by Abdu’l-Baha mentioning Locke. Translation of comment regarding Locke:
Figure 1: Facsimile of Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Baha to to Mrs Agnes Parsons, July 26, 1921 in which he writes concerning Locke, "His honor, Dr Locke – this distinguished person deserves every consideration for him from the Divine Kingdom."
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