Historian. Born– January 1, 1915, Union Springs. Parents– John and Willella (Mays) Clarke. Married– Eugenia Evans, December 24, 1961. Children– Three. Married– Sybille Williams, 1997. Education– New York University, 1948-1952; New School for Social Research, 1956-1958. U.S. Army Air Force, WWII.Feature writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh, and for the Ghana Evening News, Accra, Ghana, 1957-1958; associate editor of Freedomways, a magazine, after 1962. Professor of African and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, 1970-85.Consultant on black history and heritage to several publishers and a television network; lectured on these subjects for special programs at several universities, including Hunter College, Columbia University, Cornell University, and New York University. Contributed articles to Negro History Bulletin, Chicago Defender, Journal of Negro Education, Phylon, Presence Africaine, and other periodicals. Honors– Carter G. Woodson Award for excellence in teaching, 1958 and 1971; honorary degrees, University of Denver, 1970; University of the District of Columbia, 1992; Clarke-Atlanta University, 1993. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at Hunter College in 1985. Died July 16, 1998.

Source: Contemporary Authors online.


African People in World History.  Black Classic Press, 1993.

Africans at the Crossroads: Notes for an African World Revolution.  Africa World Press, 1991.

Black Americans, Immigrants Against Their Will. Atlanta; Atlanta University, 1974.

Black-White Alliances, 1970. S.l.; s.n., 197?

Christopher Columbus and the African Holocaust.  A & b Books, 1992.

Critical Lessons in Slavery and the Slavetrade.  Richmond:  Native Sun Publishers, 1996.

Dimensions of the Struggle Against Apartheid. New York; African Heritage Studies Association, 1979.

The Influence of African Cultural Continuity on the Slave Revolts in South America and in the Caribbean Islands. Atlanta; Atlanta University, 1974.

My Life in Search of Africa.  Chicago:  Third World Press, 1999.

Rebellion in Rhyme. Prairie City, Ill.; Decker Press, 1948.

Who Betrayed the African World Revolution? and other speeches.  Chicago:  Third World Press, 1995.


New Dimensions in African History:  The London Lectures of Dr. Josef be-Jochannan and Dr. John Hendrik Clarke.  Africa World, 1996.


American Negro Short Stories. New York; Hill & Wang, 1966.

Black American Short Stories, revised edition. Hill and Wang, 1993.

Black Families in the American Economy.  Education-Community Counselors Association, 1975.

Dimensions of the Struggle against Apartheid.  African Heritage Studies Association, 1979.

Harlem, a Community in Transition. New York; Citadel, 1965.

Harlem, U.S.A. Berlin; Seven Seas Books, 1964; revised ed., 1970.

Harlem:  Voices from the Soul of Black America.  New American Library, 1970.

Malcolm X, The Man and his Times. New York; Macmillan, 1969, rpt., 1990.

Pan-Africanism and the Liberation of Southern Africa. New York; African Heritage Studies Association, 1978.

William Styron’s Nat Turner. Boston; Beacon Press, 1968; rpt., 1987.

World’s Great Men of Color.  Macmillan, 1972.


Black Titan:  W.E.B. DuBois. Boston; Beacon Press, 1970.

Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa. New York; Random House, 1974.

Slave Trade and Slavery. New York; Holt, 1970.

What’s it All About? New York; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969.


Papers of John Henrik Clarke are held by the New York Public Library