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Marcus Foster

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Dr. Marcus Foster was a charismatic and highly esteemed African-American educator who gained a national reputation for educational excellence while serving as principal of Gratz High School in Philadelphia, as Associate Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia, and as Superintendent of Schools in Oakland, California. He was assassinated by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Before his death, he received the highly prestigious award for the person who had done the most for Philadelphia. After his death, various sites were named in his honor, including the athletic fields at Gratz High School. He wrote a book called Making Our Schools Work.

This excerpt is from the SLA article:

The SLA made their first move on November 6, 1973 when they murdered Oakland, California superintendent of schools Dr. Marcus Foster. They characterized Dr. Foster's plan to introduce identification cards into Oakland schools as "fascist." Ironically, Dr. Foster had opposed the use of identification cards in his schools, and his plan was a watered down version of similar plans that had been proposed by others. Dr. Foster, who was black, was popular on the left and in the black community, and his murder was considered a counterproductive, pointless action by just about everybody; thus, they garnered no support, just media attention. On 10 January 1974, Joe Remiro and Russ Little were arrested and charged with the murder of Dr. Foster. Little was ultimately acquitted on retrial, but Remiro was convicted and remains in prison.




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Much of the SLA's potential support evaporated when they senselessly killed this fine man.

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