Marcus Coleman has been an advocate for numerous initiatives highlighting the plight of the misrepresented, overlooked and unfortunate individuals in society. While facing a personal period of unjust judicial punishment, Marcus was sentenced in 2001 to 30 months in federal prison for a crime he didn’t commit, thirteen (13) of which were served in solitary confinement. This experience ignited a raging flame and so the journey began.
His dedication and work has gained recognition and has been featured on several national and international (Russian, German and French) television shows to include “The Doctors", "20/20", and "Inside Edition". In 2013 Marcus became the Founder and CEO of Save OurSelves (SOS), a group with four major focal points; prison reform, youth mentorship, homelessness, and elderly outreach. The SOS annual free legal clinic is an event helping hundreds in the community access assistance in any area of law. He is also the founder and former president of Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) Atlanta, earning chapter president of the year award in 2007. Mr. Coleman is responsible for the acquisition of the Southeast Regional Headquarters of National Action Network in October of 2007 located in the Historic West End District in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Mr. Coleman engineered a monumental event in Atlanta by honoring living legends of the civil rights movement. Honorees included Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Dr. Joe Beasley, Dr. Amelia Boynton – Robinson, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery.
In November 2007, Marcus was recognized as one of the nation's most fiery young leaders in CNN special report with journalist Don Lemon. Genarlow Wilson, Ariston Waiters, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Kendrick Johnson, Marlon Brown, and Bounkham Phonesavahn a.k.a. “Baby Bou Bou”, are just a few families that Marcus has had the honor to serve. In 2011 he was had the privilege to be recognized by the South Fulton Lodge #598 with an Exceptional Community Service and Support Award. In 2015, he was awarded the State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen Award from the Secretary of State as well as the Activist of the Year Award from Community Advocates in Action, Inc. In addition, 2016 was the year he was recognized by "Let Us Make Man" with a Community Service Award. One of his more recent accomplishments, in 2017, Marcus received the Community Activist of the Year Award from Fulton County, District 5.
As a five year youth football head coach, Coach Coleman is able to take a hands on approach when reaching the younger generations by instilling the importance of teamwork, dedication, and strategy. As it relates to unincorporated Fulton County, Marcus spearheaded the Greystone Power Company Initiative (GPCI), which ultimately led to Greystone Power Company conducting a massive restructuring plan for providing service to the South Fulton area, with a proposed new five million dollar sub-power station. Thousands of residents were able to maintain consistent power in their homes from this effort.
In November 2016, Marcus was selected to participate in an interview with leaders across the country by Story Corps, discussing the legacy of President Barack Obama. These conversations are for an exhibit paying tribute to the first United States African American President in the Library of Congress and the Obama Foundation. This historical project will be archived in the Library of Congress, as well as in the Obama Foundation.
As a father, husband, entrepreneur, and activist, “Balancing the Scale of Justice” is a quote which he vigorously applies day to day.