"Working together to make a positive difference in our community through education, civic engagement, advocacy for homeless children, social justice, and political action."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Marlene Taylor-Crawford is unwavering about her commitment to serve. She pursues her passion in education, civic engagement, and advocacy for homeless children, social justice, political action and the preservation of African American History and Culture. She is visible in various activities that focus on these areas throughout Gwinnett County, Georgia and beyond.

Marlene Taylor-Crawford is the former President of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. serving from 2011-2021. She serves on several committees and nonprofit boards such as appointed by Commissioner Marlene Fosque (District 4)to serve on the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board in which she is the Chairwoman, appointment by the City Council of Lawrenceville serving on the Hooper-Renwick Legacy Preservation Committee, and Board of C.A.N.I (Community Action Network Initiative). She started her nonprofit organization E.C.H.O.E.S (Ending Child Homelessness Organizing Effective Strategies) for Change. She is honored to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She has been interviewed by several media outlets over the years such as the Gwinnett Daily Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Focus Atlanta and the BBC America. Ms. Taylor-Crawford has been recognized and honored for her work as President of the United Ebony Society and her activism in the community. She was honored with Georgia House Resolution1054 from the State Capitol, Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Community Service Award, Nikki T. Randall Servant Leader Award by the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Georgia, Trail Blazer Award from The Family, Robbie S. Moore Community Service Award, and received recognition for serving on the Gwinnett County Public Schools Inaugural Educational Equity Teams 2020-2021.

Marlene Taylor-Crawford has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the City University of New York, York College, Master of Science in School Counseling from the City University of New York, Hunter College, Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Marlene Taylor-Crawford is proud of her African Caribbean American heritage. She is the daughter of a Cuban father and Jamaican mother. One of her favorite quotes is “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey

--Marlene Taylor-Crawford




The civil rights community has a rich history of powerful public figures that have left a mark on our country with their insightful words, historic speeches and more. We continue to honor them by remembering some of their most most moving quotes from civil rights activists to world leaders, these are just a few individuals have paved the way for the future of our country.

"Service is the rent we pay for room on this earth.”

--Shirley Chisholm

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

--Helen Keller

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much."

--Marian Wright Edelman

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

--Marcus Garvey

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

--Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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