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John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "White people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me."

White people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.




John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "What I have learned is that a whole lot of people with degrees don't know a damn thing, and a lot of people with no degrees are brilliant."

What I have learned is that a whole lot of people with degrees don't know a damn thing, and a lot of people with no degrees are brilliant.




John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "If we are going to be masters of our destiny, we must be masters of the ideas that influence that destiny."

If we are going to be masters of our destiny, we must be masters of the ideas that influence that destiny.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Most human behavior is controlled by images. Image is a factor in how people look at themselves and what they use to reflect themselves. The control of images is a major factor in world power."

Most human behavior is controlled by images. Image is a factor in how people look at themselves and what they use to reflect themselves. The control of images is a major factor in world power.




John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "To be black and beautiful means nothing in this world unless we are black and powerful."

To be black and beautiful means nothing in this world unless we are black and powerful.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "It's time for Black people to stop playing the separating game of geography, of where the slave ship put us down. We must concentrate on where the slave ship picked us up."

It's time for Black people to stop playing the separating game of geography, of where the slave ship put us down. We must concentrate on where the slave ship picked us up.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "We will have taken one giant step forward when we face this reality: Powerful people never teach powerless people how to take their power away from them."

We will have taken one giant step forward when we face this reality: Powerful people never teach powerless people how to take their power away from them.




John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Nothing the European mind ever devised was meant to do anything but to facilitate the European's control over the world."

Nothing the European mind ever devised was meant to do anything but to facilitate the European's control over the world.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Whoever is in control of the hell in your life, is your devil."

Whoever is in control of the hell in your life, is your devil.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as 'Western Civilization,' long before the greatness of Greece and Rome."

Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as 'Western Civilization,' long before the greatness of Greece and Rome.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother."

A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I will only debate with my equals. All others I teach."

I will only debate with my equals. All others I teach.




John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Africa is our center of gravity, our cultural and spiritual mother and father, our beating heart, no matter where we live on the face of this earth."

Africa is our center of gravity, our cultural and spiritual mother and father, our beating heart, no matter where we live on the face of this earth.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Every form of true education trains the student in self-reliance"

Every form of true education trains the student in self-reliance



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "...education has but one honorable purpose, one alone, everything else is a waste of time......that is to train the student to be a proper handler of power."

...education has but one honorable purpose, one alone, everything else is a waste of time......that is to train the student to be a proper handler of power.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Anytime you turn on your own concept of God, you are no longer a free man. No one needs to put chains on your body, because the chains are on your mind."

Anytime you turn on your own concept of God, you are no longer a free man. No one needs to put chains on your body, because the chains are on your mind.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Everything that touches YOUR life, must be an instrument of YOUR liberation or tossed into the trash cans of HISTORY"

Everything that touches YOUR life, must be an instrument of YOUR liberation or tossed into the trash cans of HISTORY



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed."

To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "The role of religions in the domination and destruction of African civilizations was ruthless... Islam was as guilty as all the rest."

The role of religions in the domination and destruction of African civilizations was ruthless... Islam was as guilty as all the rest.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Each generation must assume the responsibility of securing their manhood, their womanhood, the definition of their being on earth that in the final analysis is nationhood."

Each generation must assume the responsibility of securing their manhood, their womanhood, the definition of their being on earth that in the final analysis is nationhood.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I question the political judgement of those who would have the nerve to paint Christ white with his obvious African nose, lips and wooly hair."

I question the political judgement of those who would have the nerve to paint Christ white with his obvious African nose, lips and wooly hair.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson."

A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Malcolm X found the language that communicated across the board, from college professor to floor sweeper, all at the same time, without demeaning the intellect of either."

Malcolm X found the language that communicated across the board, from college professor to floor sweeper, all at the same time, without demeaning the intellect of either.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "She was not a white woman. She was not a Greek... Until the emergence of the doctrine of white superiority, Cleopatra was generally pictured as a distinctly African woman, dark in color."

She was not a white woman. She was not a Greek... Until the emergence of the doctrine of white superiority, Cleopatra was generally pictured as a distinctly African woman, dark in color.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I don't attend any particular church now. I don't believe in denominations, nor do I believe in organized religion."

I don't attend any particular church now. I don't believe in denominations, nor do I believe in organized religion.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact"

Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "The first light of human consciousness and the world's first civilizations were in Africa."

The first light of human consciousness and the world's first civilizations were in Africa.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "African people need to stop shouting 'nationtime' until they are clear about the responsibilities of running a nation."

African people need to stop shouting 'nationtime' until they are clear about the responsibilities of running a nation.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Anytime someone says your God is ugly and you release your God and join their God, there is no hope for your freedom until you once more believe in your own concept of the 'deity.'"

Anytime someone says your God is ugly and you release your God and join their God, there is no hope for your freedom until you once more believe in your own concept of the 'deity.'



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "You can see in our churches most of the males are pastors. Most of the deacons are males. But if the woman withdrew her support from our churches, you'd have to close the doors."

You can see in our churches most of the males are pastors. Most of the deacons are males. But if the woman withdrew her support from our churches, you'd have to close the doors.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "There was a time when all dark-skinned people were called Ethiopians, for the Greeks referred to Africa as, 'The Land Of The Burnt-Face People.'"

There was a time when all dark-skinned people were called Ethiopians, for the Greeks referred to Africa as, 'The Land Of The Burnt-Face People.'



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Violence among all people is based on dissatisfaction, frustration and crushed ambition and people who don't know who to strike at and who to blame, and not willing to blame themselves."

Violence among all people is based on dissatisfaction, frustration and crushed ambition and people who don't know who to strike at and who to blame, and not willing to blame themselves.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "When the early Europeans first met Africans, at the crossroads of history, it was a respectful meeting and the Africans were not slaves. Their nations were old before Europe was born."

When the early Europeans first met Africans, at the crossroads of history, it was a respectful meeting and the Africans were not slaves. Their nations were old before Europe was born.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "The impact of racism has changed our look at ourselves because basically racism was meant to make us look unfaithfully at ourselves, and to not treasure our institutions."

The impact of racism has changed our look at ourselves because basically racism was meant to make us look unfaithfully at ourselves, and to not treasure our institutions.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Service is the highest form of prayer as far as I am concerned."

Service is the highest form of prayer as far as I am concerned.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "If people do not know where they have been and what they have been they don't know what they are. They don't know where they going to have to go or where they still have to be."

If people do not know where they have been and what they have been they don't know what they are. They don't know where they going to have to go or where they still have to be.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "In Africa, the woman was co-equal. In Europe, the woman was a vassal. To some extent, she still is."

In Africa, the woman was co-equal. In Europe, the woman was a vassal. To some extent, she still is.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "We 've lost something else: the relationship between men and women."

We 've lost something else: the relationship between men and women.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Europeans not only colonized most of the world, they colonized information about the world."

Europeans not only colonized most of the world, they colonized information about the world.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I am a nationalist, and a Pan-Africanist, first and foremost. I was well grounded in history before ever taking a history course. I did not spend much formal time in school - I had to work."

I am a nationalist, and a Pan-Africanist, first and foremost. I was well grounded in history before ever taking a history course. I did not spend much formal time in school - I had to work.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "If we don't unite, chances are we will go back into slavery."

If we don't unite, chances are we will go back into slavery.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I think that you're just as close to Jesus if you use the equipment he gave you other than to call on him to do for you what you can do for yourself."

I think that you're just as close to Jesus if you use the equipment he gave you other than to call on him to do for you what you can do for yourself.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Educating a child won't be difficult if you get through to the parent."

Educating a child won't be difficult if you get through to the parent.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "My loving sister Mary has always shared the pain and pleasure of my heartbeat in a unique and special way. We have sung our sad and warm songs together."

My loving sister Mary has always shared the pain and pleasure of my heartbeat in a unique and special way. We have sung our sad and warm songs together.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "I could pull all kinds of games on my mother. I couldn't pull any games on my father."

I could pull all kinds of games on my mother. I couldn't pull any games on my father.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "To make one people better than the other would be ungodly in the first place."

To make one people better than the other would be ungodly in the first place.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "If you don't like the situation, if you are afraid and can't deal with it, nothing wrong with your legs, get out of there."

If you don't like the situation, if you are afraid and can't deal with it, nothing wrong with your legs, get out of there.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "In the closing years of the nineteenth century, African-American historians began to look at their people's history from their vantage point and their point of view."

In the closing years of the nineteenth century, African-American historians began to look at their people's history from their vantage point and their point of view.



John Henrik Clarke Quotes: "Your behavior determines, to some extent, the destiny of your nation and your group."

Your behavior determines, to some extent, the destiny of your nation and your group.