A native of Liberia, West Africa, Marcus immigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old during the Liberian civil war. He began his career in education, and after seven years as a middle school teacher, Marcus got his MDiv at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. Currently, he works with Providence and CrossPurpose in Denver, Colorado. Marcus published his autobiography, Catching Ricebirds, in 2016. He enjoys spending time with his wife & daughter and playing soccer. His dream is to increase literacy in West Africa.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up & why?

As a boy growing up in Liberia, West Africa, my heroes were activists and political leaders. I dreamed of leadership, I dreamed of speaking in front of people and inspiring them to action. I dreamed of being a great public speaker, like Martin Luther King Jr., or an activist for justice like Nelson Mandela.

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your day-to-day work & why?

On a day to day basis, I have difficult conversations with many people. Working for a non profit that helps people get out of poverty, I am constantly hearing stories that break my heart. The conversations become spiritual and difficult very quickly. I have watched people lose jobs, marriages, kids, freedom, sometimes all in the same month. I dive into these conversations head on, knowing that I can make a difference with someone.

What is your favorite TED talk?

This remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. “Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go” is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

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