COMPTON — As a follow-up to an August tribute to historian, author, educator and poet John Henrik Clarke, the Board of Trustees of Compton Community College has authorized establishment of the Clarke Faculty Fellowship.
"This brilliant man has devoted his life to the education of black people," said Emily Hart-Holifield, board president. "Therefore, we decided to honor him by establishing a $700 faculty fellowship in his name to be used for the purpose of promoting excellence in teaching."
Clarke was honored at a banquet in Compton on Aug. 29 when he served as the keynote speaker. Clarke was the first to be licensed in the state of New York as a teacher of African and Afro-American history, and currently is a professor of black and Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College in New York.