Jacob H. Carruthers, Jr., (1930 2004) was the founding Director of the Kemetic Institute, and a founding member of the Temple of the African Community of Chicago (TACC), where he served as High Priest. He was a founding director and the first President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC). For thirty-two years, he was a professor of history and education at the Center for Inner City Studies (CICS) of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). The Center was renamed the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) in January of 2005. Professor Carruthers authored several important books that provided a framework for the African centered approach to the research and study of Classical African History and African civilization. His works include Intellectual Warfare (1999), Mdw Ntr (1995), The Irritated Genie (1985), and Essays in Ancient Egyptian Studies (1984). He co-edited The Preliminary Challenge (1997), Reconstructing Kemetic Culture (1990), and Kemet and the African Worldview (1986).

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