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
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.