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John Henrik Clarke
In Response To: "A Great and Mighty Walk" ()

Born in 1915, the oldest son of an Alabama
sharecropper family, the young John Henrik Clarke
left the South in 1933 by way of a freight train,
for a life of scholarship and activism in New York.
He developed his skills as a writer and lecturer
through the radical movements of the Depression
years and his assiduous participation in study
circles like the Harlem History Club and the Harlem
Writers' Workshop. He studied history and world
literature at New York University, at Columbia
University and at the League for Professional
Writers. But the greater part of his education
came from studying at libraries and from his early
association with prominent historians and
bibliophiles like Arturo Schomburg, Willis Huggins,
Charles Seiffert, John Jackson and William Leo
Hansberry. "I was well-grounded in history before
ever taking a history course," he confided recently.

A gifted story-teller, Dr. Clarke has
published more than fifty short stories, including
The Boy Who Painted Christ Black, written in his
early twenties and translated into more than a
dozen languages. He has written or edited more
than thirty books. His articles and conference
papers on African and African American history,
politics and culture have appeared in leading
journals throughout the world. His syndicated book
review column, African World Bookshelf was
distributed to over fifty newspapers in the United
States and abroad by the Associate Negro Press. He
was co-founder of the Harlem Quarterly (1949-51),
book review editor of the Negro History Bulletin
(1948-52), associate editor of the magazine
Freedomways, and a feature writer for the
Pittsburgh Courier and the Ghana Evening News.

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"A Great and Mighty Walk"
John Henrik Clarke

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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