Marvell L. Terry II

Marvell L. Terry II was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and is the Founder of The Red Door Foundation, Inc.   Marvell currently resides in Washington, DC and serves as the Human Rights Campaign’s HIV Project Manager. Marvell’s innovative methods of film, art, communication and accountability skill sets have enabled myriads of youth and the LGBTQ community to have 3 basic hope invoked qualities: self love, self respect, community.

Marvell has been living with HIV since 2007 and shares his journey through social media and other outlets to help erase Stigma.  Since 2009, Marvell has leadership in providing Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling, program coordination, evaluation and community mobilization.   

Marvell has been active voluntarily in roles both locally, regionally and nationally.  Marvell was previously a member of the MSM Task Force of Tennessee and the Shelby County/ Memphis TGA HIV Care and Prevention Group.  The Memphis TGA HIV Care and Prevention Group through its needs assessment and planning processes and the allocation of funding, strives to create a seamless continuum of care that addresses the unmet needs of the infected and affected populations of the with counties it serves in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.    Within this body, Marvell previously served as Chair and Advocacy Committee Chair.  He also served on the Tennessee HIV Planning Group that is responsible for crafting prevention efforts for the State of Tennessee and works closely with the State of Tennessee Health Department.  Marvell has previously served as an Organizing Member and Secretary for the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative. The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is a national movement of young Black men addressing issues disproportionally affecting its peers, with a particular focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment.

In Spring 2014 Marvell’s research with homeless adults was published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research, Volume 7, Issue 1 Prevalence and Correlates of HIV-Risk Behaviors among Homeless Adults in a Southern City 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.  

Marvell’s work has received numerous awards and honors.  In 2012, Marvell was awarded the “Light of Hope” Award from the Shelby County Health Department.  This award is given to a business, individual and a company annually that has worked to eradicate HIV from Shelby County/ Memphis, Tennessee.  January 2013, The Memphis Flyer recognized Marvell in its special issue as one of the “top 20 under the age of 30” impacting a change in Memphis.  In 2014, he was named one of the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) 100 Black LGBTQ Leaders to Watch, one of Mused Magazine’s Game Changers, and one of POZ Magazine’s “POZ 100” leaders in the fight against HIV & AIDS under the age of 30.  In 2015, Marvell was awarded the Alvin Ailey Humanitarian Award given by Black, Gifted and Whole Foundation and in January 2016 The Harold Philpot Award given by NAESM, Inc. during the annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference in HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities in Los Angeles, California.  

In the summer of 2013, Marvell and The Red Door Foundation hosted Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) for the Tri-State Area: Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.  This weekend experience was to empower young black gay men in the South to take an active role in their quality of life by focusing on HIV/AIDS, mental health, linkage to care and viral load suppression. This conference has now grown to include a focus on the South and offer cutting edge information to service providers offering services to the Black LGBTQ community living in the South.

Marvell has lectured at The University of Memphis, LeMoyne- Owen College, Memphis Theological Seminary, Union University, Fisk University and the Georgia Department of Health’s Annual MSM Symposium (2013) just to name a few on such topics as Spirituality, Community Mobilization, Linkage to Care, High Impact Prevention, Social Justice, HIV Policy and the Black Church Engagement.

Marvell is currently attending The University of Maryland University College.