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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  our  sincerest condolences to the family and friends
 4    of the Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke, who  passed  away  on
 5    August 29, 2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  The Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke was born on
 7    July 4, 1913 in Fairhope, Alabama to the union  of  Will  and
 8    Rebecca Clarke; and

 9        WHEREAS, Reverend Clark was educated in the public school
10    of  Fairhope;  at  the  age of seventeen, he was baptized and
11    appointed as a  young  missionary  in  the  Christian  Valley
12    Baptist  Church  of Fairhope; in 1932, he was called into the
13    Ministry; and

14        WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke was a resident of North  Chicago
15    for 52 years; he united with First Corinthian Baptist Church,
16    where  he  became  the assistant to Reverend James Porter for
17    seven years; and

18        WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke was the founder  and  Pastor  of
19    Christian  Valley  Baptist Church for 39 years; upon retiring
20    for a short period of time, he served as pastor of  Christian
21    Valley Baptist in Fairhope, Alabama for five years; and

22        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Clarke  graduated  from  the Easonian
23    Baptist Seminary of  Birmingham,  Alabama;  he  attended  the
24    Chicago  Baptist  Institute  and the Moody Bible Institute of
25    Chicago; he was an active member of the Civil Rights Movement
26    led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and  a  lifetime
27    member  of  the NAACP; he has been a voice of reason in North
28    Chicago fighting for the rights of humankind, the  poor,  and
29    the neglected; he is one of the founding members of the North
30    Shore Ministers Alliance; and

31        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Clarke  receive  the most influential
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 1    Black American Award of Lake County twice in his life; he was
 2    active in numerous religious organizations; he  was  regarded
 3    as  the  oldest  Pastor  preaching  the  word  of God in Lake
 4    County; and

 5        WHEREAS, Twenty-Fourth Place in North Chicago was renamed
 6    as Reverend Clarence Clarke Drive in his honor; and

 7        WHEREAS, The passing  of  the  Reverend  Doctor  Clarence
 8    Clarke  will  be  deeply  felt by all who knew and loved him,
 9    especially his wife  of  64  years,  Fannie  P.  Clarke;  his
10    brother,  L.D.  Clarke;  his  niece, Jean Smith; his nephews,
11    Joseph Alphonce (wife, Celestine) Clarke, Frank  Clarke,  and
12    Willie  Thompson;  his  cousin,  Rebecca Charles; his friend,
13    Lizzie Borden; and a host of  other  relatives  and  friends;
14    therefore, be it

16    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the death of
17    the Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke of North Chicago; and  be
18    it further

19        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
20    presented to the  family  of  the  Reverend  Doctor  Clarence
21    Clarke with our sincere condolences.

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