Marjorie “Marge” Green was an asset to her community.
Marjorie “Marge” Green, who created Baltimore’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast died on Sept. 2 at the age of 88. Her funeral was held on Sept. 15 at Concorde Baptist Church in West Baltimore. The cause of death was not released.
Green was born on Sept. 22, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the third of four children, to William and Rowena Johnson. She received her formal education in the Pittsburgh public school system. Shortly after graduating from Allegheny Senior High School, she took a job with the federal government in Baltimore, Maryland where she worked until her retirement in 1985.
In her lifetime she had many organizational affiliations including the Top Ladies of Distinction, the National Congress of Black Women and the National Council of Negro Women. She was also a diamond life member of the NAACP and served for 6 years as an elected member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
In 1965 Marge co-founded the King’s Landing Women’s Service Club (KLW) to broaden community support for the then segregated YMCA’s Camp Mohawk which would later be renamed as King’s Landing Camp in Huntingtown, Maryland.
In 1976 KLW, under Green’s direction, organized and sponsored the 1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. The event was co-sponsored with the YMCA of Central Maryland.
Linda Hursey, acting president, vowed to preserve KLW and Green’s legacy going forward. The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast will be held on Dr. King’s holiday, Jan. 18, 2016 at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Rev. P.M. Smith will receive the “Man of the Year” award. The Legacy Award Recipients are: Marcus D. Smith, Musician; Janet Arce, Fundacion Arce; Larinda Fields, It Takes A Village; Peggy Murphy, Women In Transition; Catherine Orange, Arena Players Youtheatre; and Barbara A. Knox, Educator, Community Activist.