Scholar Class – 2014
Marcus Lee is a budding-scholar and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a member of the Class of 2015 of Morehouse College, a Mellon Mays Research Fellow, and a member of a variety of community organizations and initiatives oriented toward racial justice, gender equity, and sexual liberation. His academic research interests include Black Gay AIDS activism in the ‘80s and LGBTQ grassroots organizing in the U.S. South; and—with those foci—he hopes to one day obtain a Ph.D. and go on to teach at a small, intimate college. Marcus is passionate about being a part of intentional communities that serve as spiritual healing spaces, pools of emotional replenishment, and reminders of why the work that he is doing is critical. He is scholastically driven by the narratives—accomplishments, needs and desires—of his friends and family. Motivated in large part by a past of self-contempt, Marcus works daily toward living into himself more fully, and he pushes for a society in which everyone can feel empowered and enthused about life.