Marian Olivia Heath Griffin lives in Baton Rouge Louisiana with her husband, Bertrand Griffin of fifty six years. She served as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Student Personnel Administrator at Southern University- Baton Rouge for thirty six years, the last seven years as Director of International Students Services. After retiring from Southern University, she decided to utilize her Master’s Degree in Mass Communications and Photography to write her family stories and her people’s history.
Griffin graduated from Delaware State University with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology, a Masters degree in Atlanta University School of Social Work and a Masters degree program at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (Gammon Theological Seminary). She received a Masters degree from the New Orleans Theological Seminary in Psychological Counseling and social Work. She received a Masters degree in Educational Supervision and Mass Communications and Photography. She did further study at Louisiana State University and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Griffin has worked with children, youth and adults most of her career. She has served as musician for cherubim choirs and youth choirs since she was twelve years old and has organized children’s choirs for several churches, including the St. Mark United Methodist Cherubim choir forty seven years ago. She still plays for this choir and is proud of her choir members, past and present.
Griffin established a Ninety-Plus group of senior citizens eleven years ago in her church and has programs for and with them. Of the eleven participants, five of them are over one hundred years old.
Griffin enjoys traveling, having seen the fifty United States of America and six of the seven continents, including many cruises with her husband, Bertrand, her three children, Bertrand, II,(Kotosha) Karen Griffin Phenix,(Keith Phenix and Michael (Tracie).
We have eight grandchildren: Nia, Kiara, Christian-Paris, Michael, II, Amelia Grai, Victoria, Olivia and Sophia, as well as two grand-god children, Amelia and Warren Pleasant and one great niece, Amoree Sanders. Her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Albert Kellam have always gone along for the ride or flight.