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John Drake


"Sociologist, cultural anthropologist; born in Suffolk, Va. Son of a West Indian immigrant who became a Baptist preacher, he graduated from Hampton Institute in 1931 and participated in Quaker peace and racial justice campaigns as a young man. With Horace Cayton, he coauthored Black Metropolis (1946), a landmark study of Chicago's south side ghetto. He taught at Dillard, Roosevelt, and Stanford Universities, advised leaders of newly independent African nations, and helped develop training programs for Africa-bound Peace Corps volunteers" (

"Drake was born in 1911 and past away in 1990, in those years he accomplished many things. Drake was an educator and social anthropologist who taught sociology at Roosevelt and Stanford Universities and at the Universities of Liberia and Ghana. His study of social life in the Caribbean and West Africa and in the black communities of Chicago and Great Britain spanned the 1930's to the 1980. His major study of Blacks in Chicago, Black Metropolis, written in collaboration with Horace Cayton, was published in 1945. A prolific lecturer and author, his many articles and essays appeared in books and in scholarly and non-scholarly journals in the United States and in Africa. At the time of his death he had been working for several years on a voluminous manuscript entitled "Africa and the Black Diaspora" (Stanford Press, 1995). Drake was and still is a major influence in the lives of many African Americans. He made many advances in anthropology and is still revered as a key player in the field.

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