J. B. Marks

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John Beaver Marks
Treasurer-general of the African National Congress
Personal details
Born (1903-03-21)21 March 1903
Died 1 August 1972(1972-08-01) (aged 69)

J. B. Marks (21 March 1903 - 1 August 1972)[1] was a South African politician. At the time of his death he served as chairman of the South African Communist Party and treasurer-general of the African National Congress.[2]

Marks was part of the first generation of black South Africans that joined the Young Communist League in the 1920s. He took part in the Congress of the International Committee of Negro Workers, held in the Soviet Union in 1928.[3]

Marks was elected as president of the Transvaal African National Congress in 1951.[4]


  1. ^ Biography of JB Marks
  2. ^ Sellström, Tor. Formation of a Popular Opinion 1950 - 1970. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainst, 2003. p. 248
  3. ^ Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine. Africa: Endurance and Change South of the Sahara. Berkeley [u.a.]: Univ. of California Press, 1988. p. 241
  4. ^ Rich, Paul B. White Power and the Liberal Conscience: Racial Segregation and South African Liberalism, 1921 - 60. Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press, 1984. p. 160