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Dr. John Henrik Clarke – A Great and Mighty Walk – Watch This Film!

“…the first light of human consciousness and the world’s first civilizations were in Africa.”-Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Today, January 1st, is the anniversary of the birth of the great historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke.  Ahati N. N. Toure, in his book John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History: Africalogical Quest for Decolonization and Sovereignty describes Dr. Clarke best:

“As an academician and intellectual, Clarke emerged as one of the leading theorists of Afrikan liberation and the uses of Afrikan history as a foundation and grounding for liberation. Under Clarke’s formulation liberation was defined not simply as freedom from European domination, but fundamentally as the restoration of Afrikan sovereignty. He explored history’s utility in moving an oppressed and subordinated people from a position of subjugation on multiple levels to full status as a self-sustaining, self-defining, self-directed, free, and independent people on a global stage.”

The video John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk (shown in it’s entirety below), should viewed by every American.

A Great and Mighty Walk chronicles the life and times of Dr. Clarke. Both a biography of Clarke himself and an overview of 5,000 years of African history, the film offers a provocative look at the past through the eyes of a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history. From ancient Egypt and Africa’s other great empires, Clarke moves through Mediterranean borrowings, the Atlantic slave trade, European colonization, the development of the Pan-African movement, and present-day African-American history.  This film was produced by Wesley Snipes.

Enjoy and Happy New Year Everyone!
Troy Johnson,
President and Founder,, LLC


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.