Marvell L. Terry II was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has relocated to the Washington, DC metro area in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He is a Program Manager with AIDS United and the Founder of The Red Door Foundation, Inc. and the Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS), a one of a kind annual experience designed for the Black LGBTQ community living in the South focused on their health and wellness.
Marvell often addresses HIV at the intersection of many social justice issues that impact Black and Brown communities. In Spring 2014 Marvell’s research with homeless adults was published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and in 2015, Marvell completed a 12-month program for the Fellowship for Racial and Gender Justice Leaders in the HIV/AIDS Movement with the Rockwood Leadership Institute as a member of the inaugural cohort.
Marvell’s work includes previous involvement with the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) and co-founder of a 9 month leadership program for HIV leaders under the age of 30.
Marvell was featured in POZ Magazine (January/February 2017) and graced the front cover of this bi-monthly publication. Marvell currently attends Maryland’s oldest historically black university, Bowie State University and a member of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square (Pastor Anthony G. Maclin).