Both Baker and his wife were active in civic affairs and were involved in a number of undertakings directed at the improvement of life for African Americans in the city.  Both were members of the Howard Park Citizens’ Association, a community civic organization founded in 1910.  Baker was a treasurer of the Berean Baptist Church for several years and for ten years, was Secretary of the Industrial Building and Savings Company.  He supported a number of causes that were directed at the cultural development of young Black men.  In an undated letter to Howard professor, Alain Locke, he wrote

“I am expecting great things of the young colored men who, like yourself, will, in increasing numbers, in the future, have the opportunity for the breadth of culture that alone can command the attention of the world’s thinkers, For, after all, it is the thinkers of the world who lead.”[2]  

        [2]Although undated, this letter was probably written in the early 1920s while Locke was teaching at Howard University and before Baker’s death in 1928.  Henry E. Baker to Alain Locke, no date, Alain Locke Papers, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, DC., Box 164-12, folder 9. 



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