Dr. John Henrik Clarke was a Pan-Africanist scholar and historian and a pioneer in the creation of Africana studies, who became a professor emeritus at Hunter College without a high school diploma, or a Ph.D.
Here are Ten Powerful Quotes by Dr. John Henrik Clarke:
“History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.”
“I only debate with my equal. All others I teach.”
“To be black and beautiful means nothing in this world unless we are black and powerful.”
“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.”
“The first light of human consciousness and the world’s first civilizations were in Africa.”
“The African man is the greatest fighting machine God ever created.”
“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 whyte people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.”
“Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as ‘Western Civilization,’ long before the greatness of Greece and Rome.”
“It’s time for Black people to stop playing the separating game of geography, of where the slave ship put us down. We must concentrate on where the slave ship picked us up… Africans in the Americas must remember that the slave ships brought no West Indians, no Caribbeans, no Jamaicans or Trinidadians or Barbadians to this hemisphere. The slave ships brought only African people and most of us took the semblance of nationality from the places where slave ships dropped us off.”
“The role of religions in the domination and destruction of African civilizations was ruthless… Islam was as guilty as all the rest.”
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