Dr. John Henrik Clarke Study Lounge Campaign

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. John Henrik Clarke

A fundraising campaign for Hunter College
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                 Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Dr. John Henrik Clarke understood something essential about American history: the African and African-American experience, and contribution to American life and culture, was almost completely left out.  He dedicated his life to correcting it.

His pioneering career as a scholar and historian was grounded here at Hunter College, where he ascended through the academic ranks and was a beloved professor for many decades.  In 1969, he was appointed chair of Hunter’s Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department.  Through his research, teaching, mentoring, and friendship, Dr. Clarke had – and still has – a significant impact on the lives of thousands of Hunter students and alumni. 

Although lacking a traditional formal higher education, Dr. Clarke is one of the most important scholars of African-American history. He was among the very first to begin documenting the stories and contributions of the African peoples in both America and around other regions of the globe.  During his distinguished career, Dr. Clarke authored numerous articles that have appeared in leading scholarly journals. He also served as the author, contributor, or editor of 24 books.

Dr. Clarke's life became a symbol of qualities we wish to claim, to emulate, and to engender: commitment, self-reliance, communalism, intelligence, scholarly excellence, determination, discipline, conviction, and achievement.  A study lounge in a world-class public college library is the perfect space to embody such ideals.

He dedicated his life to correcting it.  Dr. John Henrik Clarke understood something essential about American history: the African and African-American experience, and contribution to American life and culture, was almost completely left out.

He explained the colonization of African history and the exclusion of African historians from world history, asserting that he is not a revisionist but a correctionist. 

Now we must finish his story and enshrine this legend of African-American history right here at Hunter by becoming the first public institution of higher education to pay tribute to this trailblazing historian.

Dr. John Henrik Clarke Legacy Campaign

                             

At the request of Hunter students, Dr. Clarke developed the College’s first Africana Studies curriculum.  Beyond Hunter, throughout academia, he is known and remembered for his singular contributions to higher education. 

Dr. John Henrik Clarke Study Lounge Campaign The Dr. John H. Clarke Commemorative Committee has launched a campaign to honor Dr. Clarke’s legacy by creating a study lounge in his name. Prominently located in Hunter’s newly renovated Library, the lounge will be a destination for students and faculty seeking a comfortable area for individual and group work, quiet socializing, and restful breaks between classes.

Hunter students, who commute to school and spend long days on campus, need this kind of space. Its projected cost is $100,000 – which we have set as our fundraising goal – and we welcome your tax deductible contribution in any amount.

Dr. Clarke's life became a symbol of qualities we wish to claim, to emulate, and to engender: commitment, self-reliance, communalism, intelligence, scholarly excellence, determination, discipline, conviction, and achievement.  A study lounge in a world-class public college library is the perfect space to embody such ideals.




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