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Colia L. Liddell LaFayette Clark is an African American activist and politician. Clark was the Green Party's[1] candidate for the United States Senate in 2010, and is the Green Party nominee again for 2012.[2] She is a veteran of the civil rights movement and a Pan-Africanist. Her work has included activism in the fields of women's rights and workers' rights, as well as activism and advocacy for homeless people and youth. She worked with the Cynthia McKinney for President campaign with "Power to the People". Clark is a member of the Reconstruction Party (USA), and is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

During the Civil Rights era, Clark was a special assistant to Medgar Evers, field secretary for the NAACP. Clark was the founder and first president of the North Jackson NAACP Youth Council, under the guidance of Medgar Evers and John Salter. In 1962 Clark resigned from the NAACP and joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to do voter registration work. In the 1990s Clark was a professor at the University of Albany. She was co-chair of the New York delegation to the Green Party of the United States presidential nominating convention, where Cynthia McKinney was nominated as the Green Party Presidential candidate. Clark is currently working on writing, activism and advocacy about Haiti.

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