Marion White was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 18, 1933. Born into what she describes as a “dysfunctional household”, Ms. White learned early on that to be successful in life she would have to work hard. After a forty-year career as a nurse, Ms. Marion continues to be dedicated to helping others through volunteer work and community service.
As a young adult, working during the segregation era, Ms. White was chosen as the first black employee to work directly with patients in the “whites only” section of the hospital. She continued to break barriers by joining the labor movement to improve working conditions. It was during that time that her passion for community service was sparked.
After retiring Ms. White became involved with planning and organizing for the Atlanta Mayor’s Senior Ball, which she has consistently done for the past twenty years. She also began volunteering at a local senior center and served as the President for the traveling club, in charge of arranging trips around the country. In addition she was the prime champion advocating on behalf of seniors for reductions in tax, water, light, and gas rates.
Amid her efforts to educate and advocate for others, Ms. Marion tackled the challenge of caring for her adult children, one of which was diagnosed with cancer and the other battling AIDS. It was through them that she found the strength to continue helping others.
Ms. White has been an ongoing leader in her community by assisting her fellow seniors and neighbors during difficult times, ensuring their safety, and providing support every step of the way.
At the age of 86, Marion White is not just a dedicated leader and advocate, she is an inspiration to us all.