Clarke, John Henrik, 1915-1998

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Born in 1915, the oldest son of an Alabama sharecropper family, John Henrik Clarke was a self-trained historian who edited and wrote over thirty books, and was a leading figure in the development of African heritage and black studies programs nationwide.

He was a co-founder of the Harlem Quarterly (1949-1951) and an associate editor of the journal Freedomways. During the 1960s, he served as director of the African Heritage unit of the anti-poverty program Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU-ACT), and as special consultant and coordinator of the Columbia University-WCBS television series "Black Heritage." He joined the Department of Black and Puerto-Rican Studies at Hunter College in 1969. The founding president of the African Heritage Studies Association, he was a consultant to many projects, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition "Harlem On My Mind" and the Portal Press Springboards series, "The Negro in American History." He was awarded the Phelps-Stokes Fund's Aggrey Medal in 1994 for his role "as a public philosopher and relentless critic of injustice and inequality." John Henrik Clarke died in 1998.

From the description of John Henrik Clarke papers, 1937-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 144651915

Born in 1915, the oldest son of an Alabama sharecropper family, John Henrik Clarke was a self-trained historian who edited and wrote over thirty books, and was a leading figure in the development of African heritage and black studies programs nationwide.

He was a co-founder of the Harlem Quarterly (1949-1951) and an associate editor of the journal Freedomways. During the 1960s, he served as director of the African Heritage unit of the anti-poverty program Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU-ACT), and as special consultant and coordinator of the Columbia University-WCBS television series "Black Heritage." He joined the Department of Black and Puerto-Rican Studies at Hunter College in 1969. The founding president of the African Heritage Studies Association, he was a consultant to many projects, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition "Harlem On My Mind" and the Portal Press Springboards series, "The Negro in American History." He was awarded the Phelps-Stokes Fund's Aggrey Medal in 1994 for his role "as a public philosopher and relentless critic of injustice and inequality." John Henrik Clarke died in 1998.

From the guide to the John Henrik Clarke papers, 1937-1996, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Fuller, Hoyt, 1923-1981. Hoyt Fuller papers, 1940-1981. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Williams, Eric Eustace, 1911-1981. Literary and scholarly manuscripts collection, [ca. 1930-1980] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984. Julian Mayfield papers, 1949-1984. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Julian Mayfield papers, 1949-1984 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Childress, Alice. Alice Childress papers, 1937-1997. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, John Henrik, 1915-1998. John Henrik Clarke papers, 1937-1996. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn RISM Vertical Files, Bulk, 1960-2000, Bulk, 1960-2000 1900-2004 New York University. Archives
referencedIn Aaron Kramer papers, ca. 1940 -1986. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971. Papers, 1959-1967. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Alice Childress papers, 1937-1997 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf John Henrik Clarke papers, 1937-1996 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Arna Bontemps Papers, 1927-1968 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith African Heritage Studies Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of African Culture. corporateBody
associatedWith Ben-Jochannan, Yosef. person
associatedWith Ben Yehuda, Shaleak. person
associatedWith Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973 person
associatedWith Chapman, Frank E. person
associatedWith Childress, Alice. person
associatedWith Cromwell, Adelaide M. person
associatedWith Davis, Ossie person
associatedWith De Graft-Johnson, J. C. (John Coleman), 1919- person
associatedWith Diop, Alioune Oumy person
associatedWith Diop, Alioune Oumy. person
associatedWith Diop, Cheikh Anta person
associatedWith Diop, Cheikh Anta. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Essien-Udom, Essien Udosen. person
associatedWith Fair Play for Cuba Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Freedomways Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Fuller, Hoyt, 1923-1981. person
associatedWith Garvey, Amy Jacques person
associatedWith Garvey, Amy Jacques. person
associatedWith Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940. person
associatedWith Hansberry, William Leo. person
associatedWith HARYOU (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Hunter College. Dept. of Black and Puerto Rican Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Hutchinson, Lionel. person
associatedWith Jackson, John G. person
correspondedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921- person
associatedWith Lamming, George, 1927- person
associatedWith Mayfield, Julian. person
associatedWith Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984. person
associatedWith Moore, Richard B. (Richard Benjamin) person
associatedWith Mphahlele, Ezekiel person
associatedWith Mphahlele, Ezekiel. person
associatedWith Ofosu-Appiah, L. H person
associatedWith Ofosu-Appiah, L. H. person
associatedWith Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971. person
associatedWith Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. corporateBody
associatedWith Seifert, Charles C. person
associatedWith SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS, 1896-1977 person
associatedWith Sinnette, Calvin H. person
associatedWith Sinnette, Elinor Des Verney. person
associatedWith Skinner, Elliott P. (Elliott Percival), 1924-2007. person
associatedWith Styron, William, 1925-2006. person
associatedWith Turner, Nat, 1800?-1831. person
associatedWith Universal Ethiopian Students' Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, Alice, 1944- person
associatedWith X, Malcolm, 1925-1965. person
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Africa
Africa
Subject
African American historians
African Americans--Study and teaching
Black nationalism
African American authors
African Americans--Race identity
African American Jews
Afrocentrism
African American wit and humor
African American intellectuals
Blacks--Study and teaching
African American soldiers
Italo--Ethiopian War, 1935-1936
World War, 1939-1945--African Americans
African Americans--Relations with Cubans
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Death 1998

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