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Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Liver, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
August
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
A Winner Never Quits And A Quitter Never Wins.

Birthplace

Born:
2/20/1923
Birth Location:
Wichita, Kansas

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Liver, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
August
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
A Winner Never Quits And A Quitter Never Wins.

Birthplace

Born:
2/20/1923
Birth Location:
Wichita
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Biography

Religious and community leader, Marvin Collins Griffin was born on February 20, 1923 in Wichita, Kansas to Beatrice Howell and William Marvin Collins. He was raised by his aunt and uncle and was educated at public schools in Dallas, Texas before graduating from Bishop College with his B.A. degree. Griffin went on to receive four other degrees including his M.Div degree from the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, his M.R.E. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his D.Min degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Between 1951 and 1969, Griffin served as pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. In 1969, he became a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church and served on its Board of Directors. While at Ebenezer, he also served as the first black president of the Austin Independent School District board in 1978 for a two-year term. Griffin founded the East Austin Economic Development Corporation and in 1990, along with other Board and church members, he helped earn a grant for the Ebenezer Child Development Center to construct a new facility. In 2002, on his thirty-third anniversary as pastor of Ebenezer, the building that housed the Development Center was named the Marvin C. Griffin Building.

In addition to being a pastor, Griffin served as the corresponding secretary of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Director of Christian Education Enrichment Program at the National Baptist Fellowship of Churches. Griffin also spent time teaching as a Director and Lecturer for the Teacher Training Department of the National Baptist Sunday School. He also acted as an instructor at Ridgecrest, North Carolina, teaching “Pastoral Ministry in the Black Church.” He has served in many other capacities at state and national religious gatherings.

Griffin and his late wife Mrs. Lois King Griffin, had three daughters - Marva Lois Carter, Gaynelle Jones, and Ria Griffin. Rev. Griffin passed away on December 25, 2013.

Marvin Griffin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 14, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers his birth mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls being raised by his maternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes a confrontation in East Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his early aspirations to be a preacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes the East Dallas neighborhood of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his employment during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers attending Bishop College in Marshall, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about notable people at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers Bishop College President Joseph H. Rhoads
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls attending the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in Oberlin, Ohio pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls attending the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in Oberlin, Ohio pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his struggle to find employment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers becoming the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls receiving religious exemption from World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his challenges at New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls the changes he made as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers reaching out to the Jewish community in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes theologians that inspired his religious philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls developing a parsonage at New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers becoming pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his civil rights activities in Waco, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes his civil rights activities in Waco, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin recalls desegregation in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin remembers meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes the black churches in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about urban renewal in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes his political involvements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his graduate degrees
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about the history of Baptist conventions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes Ebenezer Baptist Church's affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about founding the East Austin Economic Development Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Henry Mitchell describes the East Austin Economic Development Corporation's programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin talks about his advocacy for childcare and education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin reflects upon his legacy and message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Marvin Griffin narrates his photographs