Harlem’s WE ACT Mourns The Loss Of Friend, Colleague And Champion Cecil Corbin-Mark

October 16, 2020

Yes, nothing is promised in this life – but when our friend mourns the loss of someone it strikes a chord with us and this message from WE ACT for Environmental Justice has hit a nerve.

It is with tremendous grief and sadness that we share the loss of our friend and colleague Cecil Corbin-Mark, the Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

Having suffered a stroke, Cecil was hospitalized in critical condition until the evening of October 15, 2020, when he passed on with his family by his side.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cecil and his family. He is survived by his Mother Winnifred Corbin, his second Mother Merlyn Corbin, his father Luces Mark, his Godson Nigel Holder, and other family members.

We will share information regarding the memorial and funeral services as they become available.


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It cannot be overstated what a painful loss this is to both WE ACT and the environmental justice movement. He joined our organization in its infancy, and over the next 26 years grew to become one of the most recognized and respected leaders in the movement.

His leadership and advocacy improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, not just in Harlem but all across the country.

We ask that you all take a moment and reflect on the magnificent life of Cecil Corbin-Mark. Celebrate the individual and his body of work. The bills passed, and the people mentored. Remember his laughter and his smile.

And then follow in his footsteps, fearlessly fighting to protect and uplift the health and well-being of frontline communities. Honor his memory by continuing to battle environmental racism and champion health and justice for all.

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