Stella Marrs

Honorary Founders Board

Stella Marrs has enjoyed success and acclaim in the music business of Jazz since 1949 as a jazz singer, producer, actress, along with being the first female DJ for WRVR and WNJR radio and a life long Civil Rights Activist. She wrote, produced and directed her bio "I A Black Woman" and is an ardent writer of essays and prose on both music and civil rights. She was Lionel Hampton's Girl Singer for four years and worked with a host of legendary musicians, one of whom called her "Ms. Soft Soul" and the name stuck. She was the Executive Director and CEO of the Martin Luther King Center in Spring Valley, NY, for 21 years. She is now the Community Liaison Specialist for Rockland County's Human Rights Commission. A recipient of a Doctorate in Humanities from St. Thomas Aquinas College, she is in the Civil/Human Rights Hall of Fame in Rockland County and has received numerous Awards and Honors for her work with Children and Human/Civil Rights. Dr. Marrs still finds time for GIGS...using the exceptional Musicians that have always accompanied her. Truly a Renaissance Woman, she will celebrate her 83rd birthday in 2010.

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