Mark S. Allen, the Chairman of National Black Wall Street Chicago, passed away last week, surrounded by family and friends. He was found unresponsive at his National Black Wall Street Chicago Office and rushed to the hospital, where he passed away after an incredible fight to save his life.
A strong advocate of economic and financial equality, Mark S. Allen lived a career rooted in community building. He was committed to building wealth and assisting in creating access for black businesses in the community. A graduate of CVS High School, Mark S. Allen earned his degree in Communications at Western Illinois University and was an active and proud Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member.
News of his passing sent shockwaves on social media with many politicians, activists, and community leaders from States Attorney, Kim Foxx, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and more sharing their tributes and condolences.
“I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mark S. Allen. He was a fighter, determined to speak truth to power, while also lifting up and empowering the black community. His words will forever be a guiding force: “Be structured, focused, and positioned. HEAR MY VOICE!”- States Attorney, Kim Foxx
“Offering and sending up continued prayers for the complete recovery of Brother Mark S. Allen, Chairman of National Black Wall Street Chicago.”-Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
“Saddened to hear of the passing of a true freedom fighter and grassroots organizer, Mark S. Allen of Chicago. Rest in Power, my beloved brother.”-Rev. Al Sharpton
Mark S. Allen leaves behind two children, Marcus and DaNia, his sister, Michelle Allen-Marsh, brother, J. Minor Allen, and countless relatives and friends who mourn his loss.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020, at House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street, visitation at 10 am, and service at 11 am.
Contributing writer, Danielle Sanders lives in Chicago. Find her on social media @DanieSandersOfficial.