symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation
"From the expression: Fawodhodie ene obre na enam.
This website is the beginning of what will grow into a festschrift for St Clair Drake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festschrift. We are building this website in honor and respect for the great contributions of St Clair Drake. It is necessary to proclaim the tradition as it actually happened and not the fictional narratives promoted to confuse and sidetrack the next generation.
Specifically we want to focus on three of his many contributions:
I have a personal connection to St Clair Drake. As a Chicago born student at the University of Chicago, who had lived on the same street in the Francis Cabrini Projects in Chicago as Drake, I studied him as part of my intellectual journey. When in graduate school at the University of Chicago in the Department of Sociology I began teaching at Roosevelt as part of a great tradition and that meant I became a colleague with Drake and Lorenzo Turner among others. Later I reconnected with Drake through my association with Ron Bailey who after being a student of Drake at Stanford joined me in the African American Studies Program at Fisk University. Finally, we maintained a firm relationship with Drake though our work in Peoples College as is demonstrated by the two videos on this site.
In this website, there are many features that describe Drakes life. There is an encyclopedia entry, an obituary, and most important of all a finding aid to his papers. There is also a photo gallery. In addition we have links to a number of his writings, although some of it is only the first page as it is contained in a proprietary website. We include links of events, institutions named after Drake, and a list of writings about Drake.
Please contact us to contribute your material to this site. Thanks.