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Howard University Weighs Big Changes

01/05/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The father of the Harlem Renaissance may well be turning in his grave.

Alain Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and chief interpreter of the Harlem Renaissance, guided Howard University's philosophy department for 32 years. It remains the only stand-alone philosophy program among the nation's historically black colleges. In a move that is distressing some faculty and alumni, the department that Locke once led could be stripped of its independent status and merged with classics and religion, if sweeping recommendations unveiled last month by Howard University's president, Sidney Ribeau, take effect.

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