Mark Clark (June 28, 1947 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and the Defense Captain of the Peoria Black Panther Party. He was killed along with Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Chicago Black Panther Party, during a predawn police raid in Chicago on December 4, 1969.
Mark 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. As one of the founding members of the Peoria Black Panther Party, Mark was instrumental in establishing a free breakfast program at the Ward Chapel AME Church in collaboration with Pastor Blaine Ramsey. He attended Manual High School and Illinois Central College in Peoria.
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