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Dr. Marvin Gordon Kimbrough

Memorial for Dr. Marvin Gordon Kimbrough

Born in Austin, Texas on May 26, 1932
Departed on Sep. 6, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Sep. 10, 2010
09:00 am - 8:30 pm
Service: Saturday, Sep. 11, 2010
2:30 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Dr. Marvin Gordon Kimbrough was born May 26, 1932 in Austin, Texas to Lucille Lofton Gordon and Benjamin M. Gordon. She was a professor emeritus of Huston-Tillotson University, where she chaired the Division of Humanities and was a classroom teacher. She also taught at Paul Quinn, Butler, Wiley, and Albany State in Georgia. During her tenure as a college teacher, she was awarded the Exemplary Teaching Award from Huston-Tillotson University and the General Board of Higher Education, the Distinguished Alumni of an HBCU by NAFEO's Conference on Blacks in Higher Education, listing in Who's Who Among American Teachers, etc.

As a scholar, she received a Fulbright Award to study in France, at the Sorbonne and the University of Strasbourg, several NEH grants, UNCF and Ford Grants, and the John Hayes Whitney Grant for Creative Writing. Her B.S. degree was earned at Huston-Tillotson College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Her M.A. and Ph.D degrees were earned at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Kimbrough wrote professionally and as a hobby. She was awarded the Prized Pen Award from the Texas Writer's League and the Salute to African American Writers. The League also awarded her the "Writer of the Month" honor. She received the Literary Arts Award from the Black Arts Alliance and the Austin Black Writers Award from the Austin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Her poems have been published nationally and internationally. Her "On Writing Hat Poems" was animated by Francisa Talenta and screened at the Guggenheim Theatre of New York. It has also been shown on PBS and at several film festivals. Other poems have been included in "Black Creation" Heritage Blue", "Austin Arts Downtown", "Austin International Poetry Anthology", the "Austin Chronicle", "Kola" (Canada) and "X Magazine" (England), "Our Texas", "Catfish Poetry Soceity I", "Moon Crossed", and "The Best in MAP Poetry". She won Second Place for her poem "Texas Izz", a contest sponsored by Poetry in the Arts. She frequently performed her poetry in churches and schools where she also gave poetry workshops.

She was the author of three chapbooks: "Even Frogs Can Drown", "Him-With-The-Square-Toes", "The Ghost of East Eleventh Street", and a cookbook, "Everybody's Mama's Tea Cakes."

Dr. Kimbrough received a Proclamation by the City of Austin, the Heritage Award from the Texas Education Agency and a Resolution form the State of Texas, House of Representatives. The Huston-Tillotson Collge International Alumni awarded her the Academic Achievement Award. She also has been awarded the honor of Kentucky Colonel.

She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church where she was certified as a Lector. She was commissioned to write a poem celebrating the church's becoming a parish. Two of her poems were included in the church's manual for preparation of the departed.

She held membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Golden Soror), the Writer's League of Texas (Community Representative), A Galaxy of Verse (Published in journal and has sponsored contests), Austin International Poerty Festival (Published in journal, conducted workshop and served as M.C.), Catfish Poetry Society (Early member, published in journal), Douglass Club (former President), and National Council of Negro Women (former President).

Dr. Kimbrough was preceded in death by her mother Lucille Gordon, father Benjamin Gordon, husband Paul Kimnbrough, and grandson Paul Kimbrough III.

She is survived by her five childfren: Marie Kimbrorugh (Charlotte, North Carolina), Kym Hamilton (London, England), Connie Kimbrough(San Antonio, Texas), Paul Kimbrough II (Sicklerville, New Jersey), and Adolphus Kimbrough (Austin, Texas); her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Carolyn Marie Kimbrough, Sherrell Johnson, Kimberly Kimbrough, Tyrone F. Crayton, Adolphus "Randy" Kimbrough, Joshua Kimbrough, Pae Kae Kimbrough, Jeremiah Crayton, and Craig Crayton. In addition, Darryl Weaver, a special nephew, and a host of relatives and friends.

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