Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Part 2 (1980) | For The People

Produced and hosted by Listervelt Middleton, For the People delivered African American history and culture every week to South Carolina ETV's viewers.  

This is the second part of the Dr. John Henrik Clarke interview.

On this episode of For The People, Host Listervelt Middleton and Dr. John Henrik Clarke continue their conversation about the importance of Harlem, New York and how Black people helped build Harlem’s significance.  

Throughout the episode there are many different clips of Harlem and the people within the area. Dr. Clarke speaks about the future of Harlem, education of Black people, and gives advice for Black parents. Dr. Clarke shines a light on the many diverse types of people in Harlem. He then goes on a dialogue pertaining to the issues within Black America. Education is something that Dr. Clarke emphasizes during the interview, mentioning the many Black inventors and innovations during the interview to show that Black people have contributed more than just unskilled labor to America.

At the conclusion of the interview, Dr. John Henrik Clarke discusses the future of Africa and states that the concept of "third world countries" is invalid.

Side Notes

John Henrik Clarke was born on January 1, 1915 in Union Springs, Alabama. In 1932 Clarke left the South at age 18 and traveled to Chicago, Illinois. He later migrated to New York City, where he began to study Africa and its history. In 1949, the New School for Social Research asked Clarke to teach courses in their newly created African Studies Center.

Later Clarke founded the African Heritage Studies Association in 1968. He also created the Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department at Hunter College in New York City. Clarke also lectured at Cornell University as a distinguished visiting Professor of African history. Clarke wrote many books throughout his life. 

John Henrik Clarke passed away on July 16,1998 at the age of 83.