The John Henrik Clarke Honor Society was established in 2002 at NIU by a group of African-American students to recognize those with high academic standards and an ongoing commitment to community service. Students with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average were invited to apply, and with the principle motto of “always do your best, what you plant now will harvest later,” the society was founded. John Henrik Clarke was a writer, historian, professor and pioneer in field of Africana Studies. He founded the African Heritage Studies Association and was highly regarded for his lifelong devotion to studying and documenting the histories and contributions of African people.
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