[Marxism] Im Memory of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Wed Dec 3 19:51:44 MST 2008

In Memory of Fred Hampton, August 30, 1948 December 4, 1969
Vice-Chairman, Illinois Black Panther Party

In Memory of Mark Clark, June 28, 1947 December 4, 1969
Member, Peoria Chapter, Black Panther Party of Illinois

Murdered December 4, 1969 by Chicago Police under the direction of the
Cook County States Attorney, instigated by the FBI.

For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have prov'd most royal . . . .

Carrol Cox


Mark Clark was born on June 28, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, to Elder
William Clark and Fannie Bardley Clark. He became active in the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at an early
age and joined in demonstrating against discrimination in employment,
housing and education.[1] According to John Gwynn, former President of
state and local chapters of the NAACP, Mark Clark and his brothers
played a major part in keeping other teenagers in line. "He could call
for order when older persons or adults could not," he said of Mark in a
December 1969 interview with the Chicago Tribune. Family members say
Mark Clark enjoyed reading and art and was good at drawing portraits.[2]
He attended Manual High School and Illinois Central Junior College in


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