THE REAL BLACK JEWS OF ISRAEL BY PROFESSOR JOHN HENRIK CLARKE

THE REAL BLACK JEWS OF ISRAEL BY PROFESSOR JOHN HENRIK CLARKE

Professor John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998), was an African-American historian, professor at Hunter College (1969-1986) & at Cornel University, and a pioneer in Africana studies.

1920s African-Americans living in Harlem developed artists, writers and musicians in the Harlem Renaissance. Clarke developed as a writer and lecturer during the Great Depression years.

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Professor John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998) Manhattan, New York City. Occupation Writer, historian, professor. Clarke advocated for studies of the African-American experience and the place of Africans in world history. He challenged the views of academic historians and helped shift the way African history was studied and taught. Clarke was “a scholar devoted to redressing what he saw as a systematic and racist suppression and distortion of African history by traditional scholars.”

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Clarke taught at the New School for Social Research (1956-1958) & he also lectured at the University of Ghana and elsewhere in Africa. He challenged the views of academic historians and helped shift the way African history was studied and taught. Clarke was “a scholar devoted to redressing what he saw as a systematic and racist suppression and distortion of African history by traditional scholars.” His writing included six scholarly books and many scholarly articles.

“The other [leaders of the time] begged to be allowed to enter the house of the oppressor, Malcolm [X] told us to build our own house”

— John Henik Clark

“Whoever is in control of the hell in your life, is your devil.”

— John Henrik Clarke

“Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.”

— John Henrik Clarke, Africans at the Crossroads: African World Revolution

“Racists will always call you a racist when you identify their racism. To love yourself now – is a form of racism. We are the only people who are criticized for loving ourselves. and white people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.”

— John Henrik Clarke

Professor Clarke was prolific at lectures recorded and dozens of his lectures have been put on youtube.

Some of his readings, publications, and sayings/quotes are provided:

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