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Jacob H. Carruthers, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Trinidad
Favorite Quote:
Lift Up Your Heads, Downtrodden And Discouraged Ethiopians, And Listen To This Marvelous Story Told Of Your Ancestors Who Wrought Mightily For Mankind And Built The Foundations Of Civilization True And Square In Days Of Old.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1930
Birth Location:
Dallas, Texas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Trinidad
Favorite Quote:
Lift Up Your Heads, Downtrodden And Discouraged Ethiopians, And Listen To This Marvelous Story Told Of Your Ancestors Who Wrought Mightily For Mankind And Built The Foundations Of Civilization True And Square In Days Of Old.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1930
Birth Location:
Dallas
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Biography

Professor Jacob Carruthers was born on February 15, 1930 in Dallas, Texas. He was a firm believer that a large part of liberating African American people comes from understanding and connecting history, culture and heritage. He received a B.A. from Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas in 1950; an M.A. from Texas Southern University in 1958; and a Ph.D. in Political Studies from the University of Colorado in 1966. From 1966 to 1968, Carruthers worked as an assistant professor at Kansas State College before joining the staff of Northeastern Illinois University's Center for Inner City Studies (CICS). Carruthers, along with Dr. Anderson Thompson, Robert Starks, Dr. Conrad Worrill and others shaped the CICS program into one that emphasizes self-determination, activism and study of the global black community.

In this context, Carruthers earned respect as one of the world's leading experts in classical African civilizations. His interests carried him throughout the continent of Africa, conducting study tours to Egypt, Ethiopia, the Nile Valley, Zimbabwe, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, and other parts of West Africa. Carruthers wrote or edited hundreds of essays and papers on his findings and his major works included: The Irritated Genie: An Essay on the Haitian Revolution, Essays in Ancient Egyptian Studies, Intellectual Warfare, MDW NTR: Devine Speech and Science and Oppression. He lectured at various educational institutions; served on evaluation teams for many area high schools; and worked as a consultant to both the Dayton and Chicago public school systems. Carruthers served as founding president of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations for five years. In that capacity, he led a group of 1,000 black teachers, students, artists and scholars from the United States to the Nubian Cultural Center in Aswan, Egypt for a two week conference and tour of Nubia and Egypt.

He was a founding member and priest of the Temple of African Community of Chicago and founding member and director of the Kemetic (Egyptian) Institute, which sponsors the annual Teaching About Africa program for schoolteachers and administrators. He married his wife, Ifé, in 1986 and had four children.

Carruthers passed away on January 5, 2004 at age 73.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his father, Jacob H. Carruthers, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the effect of his parents' divorce at age five
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his experience with racism in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about being unfairly treated by teachers at Phyllis Wheatley High School in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his experiences and interests as an elementary school student
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his teachers at Phyllis Wheatley High School in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his experiences and friendships with people from Africa in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his aspirations as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about attending Samuel Huston College, in Austin, Texas, and entering law school at the University of Texas in 1950
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes leaving law school and joining the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1952
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes working as a reporter for the Houston Informer from 1953 to 1956
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his Master's Degree program at Texas Southern University in 1958
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about teaching at Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1961
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes boycotting segregated Hempstead, Texas while teaching at Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes leaving Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1964 to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his involvement with the "Friends of SNCC", the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his Ph.D. dissertation on the theory of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about teaching at Kansas State College from 1966 to 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his advising students' demonstrations at Kansas State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about joining the staff of Northeastern Illinois University's Center for Inner City Studies in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the Center for Inner City Studies' building, once the historic Abraham Lincoln Centre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the academics who developed the Center for Inner City Studies in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the African-centered approach to history at the Center for Inner City Studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the difference between a Eurocentric and an African-centered perspective
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the key people constructing an African Studies curriculum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the influence of Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes forming the Kemetic Institute in 1978
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the response to the Kemetic Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about developing the Kemetic Institute in 1978, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about developing the Kemetic Institute in 1978, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the creation of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations in 1985
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes working with HistoryMaker Asa Hilliard and HistoryMaker Malauna Kerenga at ASCAC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about holding the third Conference of ASCAC in Kemet in 1987
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his experiences at the ASCA Conference in Kemet in 1987
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the response to the ASCAC Conference in Kemet and its theories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the opposition to Afrocentric perspectives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes attending the 1993 Pan-African Conference on reparations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about attending the anniversary of the Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England in 1995
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes the commemoration of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal in 1996
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes traveling to Ghana in 1997 and South Africa in 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about visiting South Africa in 1998 and London in 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes visiting Trinidad in 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes how the Kemetic Institute teaches African history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about establishing the Temple of African Community in Chicago in 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Jacob H. Carruthers reflects on his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about his hope for the Kemetic Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about the value to the African American community of studying Nile Valley Civilizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jacob H. Carruthers shares a story about the Kemetic homecoming
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jacob H. Carruthers describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jacob H. Carruthers talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jacob H. Carruthers narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jacob H. Carruthers narrates his photographs
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