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.”


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:



  1. I am working on personal research titled “An Historico-Philological Inquiry into the Origin of the Karimojong Pastoral Nomads of North Eastern Uganda. with a clear hypothesis that they are the true Hebrew people at a micro-level and I hope that the research will have a wider interpretative and application basis in terms of findings to include the whole of the Black race now scattered all over the world. It raises the question: what is the ethno-genesis, migration, demographic, economic, political, religious and cultural structure of the Nomadic Karimojong tribe and their relationship with the Ateker Cluster?
    The second component of my research emanates from Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s comment, “I’m saying that African beliefs systems properly understood is ten times better than Judaism, Christianity and Islam and better for the African.” with Christianity coming to Karamoja in 1929(Anglican) and 1933 (Roman Catholics) respectively we are instructed by our grandparents who were born before 1929 and 1933 on their sick beds to ignore such religions/beliefs and follow the African beliefs of animism/ancestor worship, nature worship and veneration of the dead. with our groups being categorized into three (ngitopon-worshippers of the stars, Ngimonia-worshippers of forests and ngimuno-the dragon worshippers) the Moggoth are also part of us but are considered outsiders. with that brief, I’m developing “NYEKO’S KAFIR (ARAB)/PAGAN (CHRISTIANS) HEBREW ROOT THEORY: Exposing the conspiracy and distortion in the Torah through analysis and synthesis of the letter to the Hebrews. the question for the research is: Could the cultural and religious practices of the Karimojong pastoral nomads aid in challenging the Secret Truth Doctrine and in tracing the Black Man’s identity and conception of spirituality in his search for Papa?

    Finally in tracking the migratory route, Chiek Anta Diop uses science to place the origin of the Black Man in (Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) however with the discovery of ‘the Turkana Boy’ the origins of mankind seem to be within the ‘Ateker Cluster’ with further trace to Ur of the Chaldeans aware that the present area of Karamoja was composed of water a number of years ago, but became King Solomon’s mines from Karamoja to South Africa among the Stillbay cultures, the Ateker Cluster and further migratory affiliations comprising of;-
    .(Woropom of Tororo district, Teso of Teso region, Lango of Lango region, and Karimojong, Jie, Ethur and Dodoth of North eastern Uganda, all of Uganda),
    .(Turkana, Masaai, Samburu and Pokot of Kenya),
    (Nyangatom, Mursi, Dassanach, etc of Omo valley Ethiopia),
    .(Toposa, Jie and Nyangatom, of South-Sudan),
    .(Baggarra/Zaghawa/Kegi/Beri of Southern Libya/Lydia, Eastern Chad, Western Sudan and parts of Darfur).
    (Toubou/umbararo/Goran of Northern Chad, Southern Libya, Northeastern Niger, and North Western Sudan
    .RED SEA: the Beja people of (Northern Red Sea, South-eastern Sudan, port Sudan and Nile River, south eastern Egypt, Gash and Kassala in Eritrea and Eastern Desert).
    .Bedouin tribe (Sahara, Syrian and Arabian Desert, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, South Arabia and Sudan, Kordofan, Darfur and Wadai).
    SAUDI ARABIA: (the Black African Saudi Nationals in Jeddah).
    TURKEY: (Afro-Turks-in Mugla, Ismir, Antalya, Istanbul, Aydin, Denizli, Manisa, Mersin and Adana).
    IRAN: (Afro-Iranian-in Hormozazan, Sistan and Balochestan).
    IRAQ: (Ur of the Chaldeans present day Mosul) the home of Abram/Abraham the first Hebrew.
    The great tribe that fell victim of the slave trade were the Bari people of Karo who are classified under the Kakwa tribe group of course part of the Karimojong tribe as evidenced by linguistic affinity and nomenclatures ( of Koboko district in west Nile region Northern Uganda) in South Sudan the Kakwa are further split to include the Kuku tribe of Kajo Keji County in Central Equatorial state, the Bari tribe of Karo, Nyepo (Nyefo), Mondari (Mundari), Liggi (Pajulu), Nyangwara and Makaraka (Azande) of Yei and Zaki-Yeki at Mount Liru Zaki County Congo-Zaire.

    AMONG THE ACHOLI/LUO: slave trade was coordinated by chief Ogwok of Padibe who is of Acholi Ma’di descent. at that time chief Ogwok would procure slaves from Otome/Lonyili Mountains in south Sudan and the slave market was at Okol (okol people fell victim of slave trade too). chief Ogwok was fought by Chief Ling and later by his son Alara Lodwaramoe of Chua under the command of Deng my ancestral great-great grandparent.
    “the black race must unite not just against something but for something.’


    “A library is a sacred refuge of thought, a place of quiet, a place to study the past and birth new ideas for the future.” Per Dr. David Julian Hodges-Hunter Professor of Anthropology. I have read through the eligibility for access to the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and I have noted with great concern and dismay that the center is only meant to benefit US citizens, US Permanent residents and those who have had temporary residence in the US three years before, from the date of application. I am left wondering whether there could be room/exceptions for Blacks resident in Africa in fulfilment of the lifelong goal of Dr. John Henrik Clarke which is “the progress and unity of African people around the world, and the incorporation of global African history and culture into general thought and into educational curricula”-in the words of Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ph.D. in the Journal of Pan-African Studies; Vol.6; No.7, February 2014. at page 65.
    Kind regards,


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