COLIA LaFAYETTE CLARK
Lecturer and Civil Rights Activist
Colia L. Clark, Co-Coordinator Guadeloupe Haiti Tour Committee, Producer MNN Public Television, Chairwoman HUERA and Building the Beloved Community Conflict Resolution and Mediation project, Lecturer, member NY Green Party and two time US Senate candidate. She is a committed Pan Africanist who has spent a life time in activist work in the areas of civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, peace and rights for the homeless and youth. Colia is closely aligned with Eco-socialist Horizons. Colia is one of the SNCC founders of the Black Belt Alabama Voter Education project in 1963.
Among responsibilities are Co-Coordinator Guadeloupe Haiti Tour Committee and International Commission of Inquiry on Haiti. She has worked as college lecturer, newspaper editor, Coordinator of Career Development and Training, assistant manager of homeless shelters, director of Youth Opportunity Center and trainer in conflict resolution and mediation. Colia is a lecturer and folklorist. ***Colia had the privilege of working with such civil rights greats as Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary, Medgar W Evers (Special Assistant for State of Mississippi) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Birmingham Movement, Chicago Union to End Slums Movement and the National Peace Movement. Notes on Colia’s life appear in histories, biographies and other sources. In 2010, she was inducted into the National Voting Rights Hall of Fame and presented the prestigious Freedom Flame Award.
The home in which Colia grew up at Jackson, Mississippi is now historic site for civil rights tours.
Incomplete List of Historic References:
The Making of Black Revolutionaries by James Forman; Jackson, Mississippi: Chronicles in Struggles and Change, by John Salter; SNCC: by Claiborne Carson; SNCC: The New Abolitionist, by Howard Zinn; The River of No Return, by Cleveland Sellers; Black Protest in America 1619-Present by Joanne Grant; The Black Press in the USA, Armstead Robinson, The Black Press in Mississippi, Julius E. Thompson. Walking With the Wind by John Lewis (Congressman-Georgia); The Children, by David Haberstam, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-1968 by Taylor Branch, Books dedicated to Colia Clark by Kazim Ali (Brown Albany, 2000), Ahati Toure (John Henry Clarke, 2008) and Rev. Clarence James on Moral and Ethical Standards in USA, 2005. One song about “Colia” dedicated and performed by Family Group of Albany, New York.