‘Your resounding, clarion call rings out to your audience.
My staff and
I listen to you all the time.'--U.S.
Congresswoman Diane Watson to
Firpo Carr regarding his Clear
Channel radio show.
Firpo Carr is a best-selling author
who resides in the Los Angeles area, and who hails originally from Watts via South Los Angeles. Over a decade and
a half ago Harvard University requested one of Firpo's books for its library system. Realizing the value of his
unique writings, Harvard now carries two of his published works. As noted below, other prestigious colleges and
universities from around the world would use his writings as textbooks. His works have been produced in 54 languages
(as translated by dedicated native-speaking translation teams around the world) and have reached well over three
times as many lands (186 and counting), and his weekly articles are translated into 42 languages, making his writings
available to millions.
He is an internationally known
author, historian, scholar, Bible translator, lecturer, former radio show producer, former radio show host, university
instructor, documentary producer/screenwriter/director, and newspaper columnist. He has appeared as an eminent scholar
on such nationally televised documentaries as Encounters with the Unexplained: Secrets of the Bible--What
Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Tell Us?, and the prime time specials Ancient Secrets of the Bible I, and Ancient
Secrets of the Bible II.
In 1989, before the collapse
of the Berlin Wall and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, he was the honored guest of the Soviet Union as he made history
by taking the first color photographs of the oldest most complete manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. These medieval documents
date as far back as the tenth century C.E. According to the August 4, 1990, issue of the Los Angeles Times, while
in the Soviet Union Carr went about "filling various scholarly requests, such as recording documents
on church councils for medieval specialists at Stanford University."
has been featured with other distinguished scholars on CBS's Today Religion and KTLA's Pacesetters.
During the debate on the release of the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls, KCAL9's Pat Harvey and Steve Jackson interviewed
Firpo on his ground-breaking new book, The Divine Name Controversy (Vol. 1).
He experienced the Watts Revolt of 1965, the Los Angeles Uprising of 1992, and the ever-present threat of
gang violence in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects, L.A.'s largest. While with IBM for ten years Firpo made extraordinary
technical contributions and spent countless hours visiting inner city elementary, junior high, and high schools in association
with the company's community service programs. His technical accomplishments moved IBM, uncharacteristically, to release a
news story--in connection with his works--to the major newswire services.
works have been acknowledged by Jewish scholars at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and in an encyclopedia entry
on the Holocaust; Muslim scholars and authorities who invited him to speak at a prominent Muslim center in the Gulf area during
the second Gulf war; and scholars in Christendom who feature his work on various Internet Web sites.
Official Web Site of Firpo Carr
People from over 185 lands regularly visit this site, and the current Firpo File Newsmagazine "Article"
found here appears in 42 languages (machine translated from English as spoken in the United States) below.
Each article appears approximately one week and is archived only in English. The languages, listed in alphabetical order,
are as follows: Arabic ( بالعربية ), Bulgarian (Български),
Catalan, Chinese Simplified (中国人), Chinese Traditional (中國人),
Czech (České), Danish (dansker), Dutch (Nederlands), Estonian
(Eesti), Finnish (Suomi), French (Le français), German (Deutsch),
Greek (Ελληνική), Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen),
Hebrew (עברית), Hindi (हिंदी),
Hmong Daw, Hungarian (A magyar), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italiano),
Japanese [日本人〔日本語〕], Korean (한국),
Latvian (Latviešu), Lithuanian (Lietuvių), Malay (Melayu), Maltese (Malti), Norwegian (Nordmann),
Persian (زبان فارسی), Polish (Polski),
Portuguese (Português), Romanian (Roman), Russian (Русский
язык), Slovak (slovenčina), Slovenian (slovenščina),
Spanish (Español), Swedish (Svenska), Thai (ภาษาไทย),
Turkish (Türk), Ukrainian (українська),
Urdu (اردو), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt), Welsh (Welsh).]
(cont'd from previous column)
New York's Cornell University, Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, and Kenyon
College, "the oldest private institution of higher education in Ohio...founded in 1824," are among a growing number
of colleges and universities that use his best-selling book, Germany's Black Holocaust:1890-1945 (GBH), as a textbook.
Poet James Wright is one of several famous graduates of prestigious Kenyon College.
Museum of Jewish Heritage--A Living Memorial to the Holocaust produced a publication entitled Meeting Hate With Humanity:
Life During the Holocaust (Teacher's Guide) wherein GBH is listed as an important reference work. The front
cover of the Jewish publication states: "This Teacher's Guide is made possible through the generous support of The Conference
on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany--The Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education."
Firpo has also thrice visited Yad Vashem in Israel.
As a scholar of religion Firpo
was sought out and invited to co-author the article "Jehovah's Witnesses" in the authoritative peer-reviewed two-volume
encyclopedia set African American Religious Cultures (2009). He has been the subject of countless newspaper and magazine
articles from Time to People to USA Today to the Enquirer. And, curiously, the Vatican
has even consulted his Web site--on more than one occasion.
(International & Domestic): Firpo Carr was either featured or made at least one (or, in some cases, many appearances)
on the following television shows: ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America; CBS's Early Morning; NBC's
Today Show and Weekend Today; CNN's American Morning, Paula Zahn Now, Nancy Grace, and Issues
With Jane Valez-Mitch; MSNBC's The Abram's Report, Scarborough Country, and Hardball with Chris Matthews;
FOX News' At Large With Geraldo and Debra Norvell; CourtTV's Crier Live with Catherine Crier;
Inside Edition, Celebrity Justice, Extra, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E!, and TruTV. He also
appeared on Los Angeles-based stations KABC, KTLA, KTTV, KCAL, KCBS, and KCOP.
Television: BBC, SkyTV, ITN, Bloomberg (all British news agencies); also Canadian, Australian, Chinese, and Japanese
news organizations and other international media, as well as countless other media outlets such as Arabic- and Spanish-language
ones. As recent as December 2013 Firpo was featured on national TV in Egypt during another trip to the country when he was
asked to comment on who constructed the pyramids. The interview was filmed in front of the pyramids themselves. Several years
before, Firpo spoke to the people of Cuba on national TV after being invited by President Fidel Castro to do so.
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