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                                                               GUEST:

             COLIA LIDDELL LAFAYETTE CLARK

       

 

                 Pioneer Civil Rights Activist

                  

                

            Coordinator: "Power to The People"

                                         coliaclark@aol.com

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More about: COLIA LIDDELL LAFAYETTE CLARK

Colia L. Clark, a committed Pan Africanist has spent a life time in activist work in the areas of civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, workers rights and rights for the homeless and youth.  Colia is a member of the International Liaison Committee and sits on the board of directors of the Capital region Solidarity Committee of New York.

Colia was born in rural Hinds county Mississippi and spent most of her growing up years in the capital at Jackson, Mississippi. Each fall until her late teens, Colia’s family migrated to the Mississippi Delta for cotton picking season. She was born into a land owning clan, but her young father and mother secured a share cropper contract with a local white farmer. The family was an activist family with her father and maternal grandfather working on projects with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in the neighboring County of Copiah.  During the great flood of 1927, Colia father, maternal grand father and great grandfather were conscripted along with all black men within 150 miles of the flood to work on building of levees in the Mississippi Delta. The household was regularly filled with stories, puns and jokes on the horrors and good times of levee camp life and working organizing tenant farmers. The violence associated with her father’s and grand father’s work was in good part of the reason the family decided to move to the City of Jackson. Colia was educated in the Jackson Mississippi Public Schools, received her BA from Jackson State University, MA from State University of New York at Albany where she also begun a doctors of Arts program in humanistic studies.

Colia has just completed tenure as manager and partnership coordinator for the Philadelphia Youth Network Youth Opportunity Centers. She has taught college, worked as an award winning editor of the Jackson Mississippi Advocate, managed youth centers, directed a noted parent advocacy agency and served as a trainer in conflict resolution and mediation. Her work in civil rights begun in home state of Mississippi where she served as special assistant to Medgar W. Evers, Mississippi Field Secretary for NAACP and organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) under the direction of Bob (Robert Moses). In 1963, Colia and her first husband Bernard Lafayette organized the Black Belt Alabama Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee Voter Education Project in Alabama with headquarters at Selma.  This project was the backbones of the Martin L. King, Jr. 1965 drive for the right to vote at Selma. Colia founded Mothers on the Move in Chicago in 1965 working with poor Black Women in Housing Projects in Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 1st ward. In Chicago Colia directed the 1st Ward Union to End Slums Movement under the directorship of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. She organized and coordinated the Poor Women Against the Vietnam War March in 1967.  Colia served as an award winning editor for the Jackson, Mississippi Advocate newspaper, college teacher and Manager of the Social Justice Center at Albany New York. Under Colia’s leadership the Social Justice center housed the Amadu Diallo campaign for the trial of officers for the brutal murder of this young African. Colia life time work has been primarily with the young. She served as vice president of the African Student Association, vice president of the NGO, American South African Peoples Friendship Association, and president of the Urban Education Institute, Chairwoman of Campus Action and member of the Board of Holding Own: A Fund for Women and Coordinator for Bridge Builders of the Capital District.

Honors and Awards (Selected)
Received the Solidarity Committee of The Capital District of Upstate New York International Solidarity Award for Labor Day, 2005, Citations and Annual Day of commemoration in name of Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark established, Niagara Falls Legislature And City Council, April, 2000; Hero of the Year, Metroland Newspaper, Albany, New York 1999; NAACP WOMEN of Distinction Award, 1995; Student Association (Albany State University) Teacher of the Year 1991; MAP, NAACP and Albany State University Black Alliance Teacher of Year and Community Service Award 1991; Green Prison Black Cultural Center Volunteer Service Award, 1988; National Organization of Women Albany Chapter Award 1986; Delta Sigma Theta State University of New York at Albany Chapter, Woman of the Year 1985; SUNYA NAACP Award 1986, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s James Meredith National Freedom Award,1962
 

Colia has served on numerous boards of directors and received a large number of citations and awards recognizing her work. This August, 2005, she received the Solidarity Committee International award for her work organizing for workers rights internationally. Colia conducts workshops in conflict resolution and mediation for elementary, secondary schools and college students, lectures and speaks widely.  She has performed scores of poetry recitals and One Woman shows and three professional television acting credits.  A folklorist uses her drama to present one woman shows on Africana women’s biography.  She has her own consulting firm, NEFEROHU.

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Colia Liddell LaFayette Clark

NAACP, SCLC, 1959-70, Mississippi, Alabama
Current Residence:
PO Box 273
Glen Olden, PA 19036
Email:
shestarts@aol.com
Phone: 267-241-7092
 

Let me start by saying that these internet sites expect well prepared statements on the spot. This is very much like the fight for basic civil rights in the Southern USA in the 1950's and 60's. Be ye therefore ready because you don't know what the white folk might bring.

Between 1959 and 1970, I spent pretty much full time working on civil rights and human rights causes. The major work being concentrated on the removal of those seemingly ancient symbols of subordination that marked the southern terrain and the struggle for the simple rights to vote.

My career started with NAACP at Tougaloo College and move rapidly to special assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field secretary for the NAACP. I am the founder and first president of the North Jackson NAACP Youth Council which is now infamous for initiating the 1963 mass movement at Jackson under the leadership and guidance of Medgar Evers and our advisor, John Salter. Many other adult leaders of North Jackson were involved in helping to shape the course and program of this small band of students and youth. The North Jackson NAACP Youth Council needs a major biography and a calling together of all the young men and women and the old ones who made this organization the center point of a major struggle for which most of the young people involved have not been given any credit. Anyone interested please call me at 610-532-1817.

In June 1962, I resigned my job with the NAACP and joined with Mississippi SNCC under the leadership of Robert P. Moses. We worked in Jackson, Hattiesburg (Forest County), Sun Flower County, Greeville on projects that were directed towards helping local Mississippians get registered to vote. One has to know that it is near impossible to work in a rural state under the feet of oppression and not work on related issues of the peoples.

In November, 1962, I met and married my first love, Bernard LaFayette, Jr., SNCC Field Secretary. In February, 1963 Bernard and I moved to Selma AL, where he served as director of the SNCC Black Belt Alabama Voter Project and I continued as SNCC field secretary. The project was headquartered at Selma but we had responsibility for developing voter registration and direct action projects in the seven Black Belt Counties. While at Selma, I was appointed by James Forman, executive secretary of SNCC, to assist with the Birmingham, Alabama Movement under the leadership of Dr. Martin L. King. It was in Birmingham that I took one of the worst beatings of my career in the civil rights struggle. Three fire houses assaulted me for what seemed forever on May 8, 1963.

In 1964, I was privileged to be a part of the birth of the Southern Organizing Committee at Nashville, Tennessee where Bernard and I were attending school at Fisk and giving birth to our first son, James Arthur. Nashville was the culminating point for the early years of civil rights in the South. Beyond lie Chicago, New York and national politics. By early 1973, I returned to my home state Mississippi and worked on a number of other projects including the editorship of the Jackson, Mississippi Advocate.

Today I recollect experiences of anti war, racism, Diallo, reparations, workers rights and the battle to end the Africa debt along with that of all of Central and South America. This work has taken me into the international arena where I think the progressive forces and especially the Black forces in the USA must centralize future struggles. These struggles around issues of imperialism, colonization, capitalism, racism, environmentalism, anti-woman, anti-youth, anti-age, anti-human struggles must be internationalized as a part of the struggles of other world groups and issues. It is important that the struggle of the African in the USA be removed from domestic servitude to international leadership-human at last.

I speak all over the place having just returned from Algeria where I participated in a Parliamentary two day conference on the "devastation of Africa its causes and dimensions, why and what can be done about it."

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