John G. Jackson
John Glover Jackson (1 April 1907 - 13 October 1993)
Jackson, an African American educator and historian who was born in Aiken, South Carolina, on April Fool's Day. He moved to Harlem when 15 and entered Stuyvesant High School. For Marcus Garvey's Negro World, he wrote articles while still in high school.
He lectured at the Ingersoll Forum and also at the Harlem Unitarian Church, which met in a room at the Harlem YMCA, according to Winifred Latimer Norman.
In 1934 he co-authored A Guide to the Study of African History with Dr. Willis Nathaniel Huggins, an ardent Pan-Africanist. In Christianity Before Christ (1938), Jackson surveys historically the components of Christianity and shows that they existed before that religion was invented. Among the deities he cites are Adonis, Attis, Mithra, Prometheus, Krishna, and Buddha.
Ages of Gold and Silver (1990) examines the origins of civilization, with his special emphasis on the long-ignored contributions of non-Caucasians.
An atheist, Jackson taught at the Black Studies Department of Rutgers University, at the University of New York, and at Northeastern Illinois University.