MARK CLARK: MURDERED DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY

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Mark Clark was born June 28, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois. He was one of the 17 children of William Elder Clark, a well known Pentecostal minister, and Fannie Bardley Clark. By his teenage years, Clark was actively working with the Peoria branch of the NAACP, leading and participating in demonstrations for housing, fair pay and employment practices, and quality education for the local black population. His family took note of his dedication to his work, his education and his art, in addition to his quiet, gentle nature. Clark was a graduate of Manual High School in Peoria, and later attended Illinois Central College.

Eventually, working with the NAACP began to take its toll on Clark. He was dedicated to real revolutionary change, not reforms that could be taken away or watered down by virtue of them being agreed to with the oppressor. To this end, Clark began studying the literature…

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