John Henrik Clarke

"To control a people you must first control what they think about themselves and how they regard their history and culture. And when your conqueror makes you ashamed of your culture and your history, he needs no prison walls and no chains to hold you."

"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."

"Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds."

John Henrik Clarke Interview (1973)

A discussion of Black history with Professor John Henrik Clarke, about his book on great men of color from history.

Marcus Garvey Lecture - Newark Public Library - August 9, 1990


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