About Dr. Clarence J. Munford

Clarence J. MunfordClarence J. MunfordDr. C.J. Munford was a Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and History at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. He was born in Massillon, Ohio on November 18, 1935. C.J. Munford, an African American with dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, began as college teaching career in 1959 and has taught in universities in Nigeria, Europe and U.S.



He introduced the first courses in Black history in an Ontario university in 1969. He is the recipient of the 1997 African Heritage Studies Association Book Award for "Race and Reparations: A Black Perspective for the 21st Century". Munford is active in the N'COBRA campaign for reparations for African Americans.

He is a scholar and activist who has authored numerous articles, addresses and essays, and a three-volume autopsy of early Black enslavement in the West Indies, entitled Black Ordeal (1991). He has focused on the theory and practice of revolutionary nationalism from a Pan-Africanist slant.

Munford is the lead discoverer of civilizational historicism; the theory of human history from a Black vantage point. His newest work, a volume entitled "Race and Civilization: The Rebirth of Black Centrality", elaborates and substantiates empirical discoveries presented in earlier works. "Race and Civilization" was awarded the 2002 AHSA Edward Blyden Book Award.This treatise offers civilizational historicism as the theory and practice of World Black struggle against global white supremacy in the 21st century.


  • D.Phil. (Karl Marx University, Leipzig), 1962
  • M.A. (Western Reserve), 1960
  • B.A. (Western Reserve), 1959

Professional Experience

  • University of Guelph (since 1966)
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Karl Marx University, Leipzig

Research Interests

  • Slavery
  • Black History
  • United States, Caribbean, Africa
Recent Scholarly Pursuits

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Eminent Speakers' Series
March 21, 2002

"Race and Reparations and the Future of the Black World"
Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans, LA, USA
March 21, 2002

Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Lecture Series
"The Haitian Revolution and The Louisiana Purchase"
May 8, 2003