Patrick Clerk was born and raised in Osu, Ghana. His academic endeavors started at Osu Salem where he learned the tools to succeed in life and his passion for history. He pursued a biochemistry degree at the University of Ghana, Lagon. In 1972, after completion of his degree, he received a scholarship to go to America and study dentistry at Loma Linda University in California. He opened his dental practice in 1986 in Los Angeles, California where he currently practices. Even though his profession is dentistry, he is an avid historian.
His passion for his heritage stems from the stories his father told him as a child. As a child, he learned of his Jamaican heritage. It has been his passion to find out about his ancestry and share his story. Through his own research, he has made several discoveries that have painted a broader picture of his ancestry. His research findings were confirmed by his nephew Mr. Danial Clerk.
Dr. Clerk’s goal is to share what he continues to learn about his family and encourage others to do the same. He believes that is important for those in the diaspora to reconnect with their African roots.