Mark Smith died at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 25th, 2002 at his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mark won a long battle with cancer, overcoming pain, prejudice and a failing body to lead the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities until just a handful days before his death. It was our privilege to work closely with Mark during the several years that he served as Director of the Mississippi Coalition – and we worked with him on a daily basis during the years that he served, not only the Coalition, but also as national Executive Director of Justice For All.
Mark was the strongest man we ever knew. He had iron self control, a man of few words and silent ego. He was a super efficient executive, lightening quick and thunder strong. He was a profound philosopher of democracy, and a moral giant in terms of translating his principles into personal action. He was a man of monumental determination. Whether fighting cancer or injustice, he never gave the enemy an inch. He always gave more than he had to the struggle. We ask you to join us in celebrating the magnificent life of Mark Smith by rededicating ourselves to total action for the principles he symbolized. Mark, we thank God for you. We love you. Lead us forward.
[Justin and Yoshiko Dart]
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARK F. SMITH, LONGTIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COALITION FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES, AND EXPRESSING THE SYMPATHY OF THE LEGISLATURE. Click here to view.