Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. is an author, lecturer, radio talk show host, and community activist. He is the founder of the Alive & Free Movement and the founder and president of the Street Soldiers National Consortium, an organization dedicated to fighting violence nationwide. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers, a youth development and violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA that emphasizes academic achievement and non-involvement with drugs. This organization, founded in February of 1987, has produced 151 college graduates, all supported by the Omega Boys Club Scholarship Fund. Another 50 Omegas are currently enrolled in college.
Dr. Marshall is the first person to classify youth violence as a disease, and his work has been recognized in the 2001 Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence. As Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club, he oversees the Omega Leadership Academy for academic and life skills education, the Omega Training Institute on violence prevention; and Street Soldiers Communications, which includes a nationally syndicated radio talk show.
Dr. Marshall left a 25-year career in education with the San Francisco United School District to dedicate his life to understanding and eradicating youth violence. He earned a doctorate in psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley and has received Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Morehouse College and the University of San Francisco.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the McArthur Foundation Genius Award, the Leadership Award from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Essence Award honoring outstanding contributions by African American men, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award from the National Educational Association, and the “Use Your Life Award” from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. He is the author of the 1996 best-selling book, Street Soldier: One Man’s Struggle to Save a Generation, One Life at a Time.
Dr. Marshall is a trustee emeritus of his alma mater, the University of San Francisco, and the current Vice President of the San Francisco Police Commission. He is an elected Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global organization of social entrepreneurs who are recognized for their innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing social problems.
2008 Local Hero Award from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative.
The 2006 Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation.
The 2006 Angel Award from the Take Wings Foundation.
The 2006 Jefferson Award for Public Service.
2004 Ashoka Fellow—an international organization of social entrepreneurs committed to systemic social change.
The 2004 Living History Makers Award from Turning Point Magazine.
The 2003 Human Rights Leadership Award from the Harvard University Alumni of San Francisco.
The 2003 Alumni Educators Award from the University of San Francisco.
The 2002 Ten Most Influential African Americans from City Flight Magazine.
The 2002 HistoryMakers Award.
The 2001 Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network.
The 2001 Exemplary Community Leadership Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting from the California Broadcasters Association.
The 2000 Service to Youth Award from the Links, Inc.
The 1999 National Trust Award for the development of African American Men.
The 1998 Candle in Community Service Award from Morehouse College.
The 1997 Congressional Freedom Works Award for “outstanding work in making America’s best dreams come true.”
The 1996 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association.
The 1994 Leadership Award from the Children’s Defense Fund.
The 1994 Essence Award honoring outstanding contributions by African American Men from Essence Magazine.
The 1994 Genius Award from the MacArthur Foundation.
A 1990 White House salute for success in fighting drugs and crime in the community.
PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA
Author of the 1996 national best seller, Street Soldier: One Man’s Struggle to Save a Generation, One Life at a Time.
Co-author, “The Disease of Violence—A New Public Health Model: Prevention, Intervention Rehabilitation.” The California Psychologist, Volume 39 Number 4, July/August 2006.
Contributing writer, Brother to Brother: Black Men Speak to Young Black Men, Townsend Press, 2009.
Host of the nationally syndicated violence prevention radio talk show Street Soldiers.
Subject of the award winning 1997 public television documentary Street Soldiers.
Subject of the 2004 Black Repertory stage play Street Soldiers, adapted from the book Street Soldier.
Publisher of the Omega Boys Club quarterly magazine Street Soldiers.
BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
Commissioner—San Francisco Police Commission, City and County of San Francisco
Member Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence.
Trustees Emeritus–University of San Francisco.
San Francisco University State Alumni Hall of Fame.
Loyola High School-Los Angeles Alumni Hall of Fame.
B.A.–Political Science and Sociology from the University of San Francisco
M.A.–Education from San Francisco State University
Ph D–Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Morehouse College
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco