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Time To Celebrate NAN’s Women Of The Movement: Dr. Marcia L. Thomas McCoy

Mar 15, 2019

On behalf of our Founder and President, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chairman of the Board Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, National Field Director Rev. De Ves Toon, we salute the dedicated women of National Action Network!

Women have been an intricate part of the development and success of National Action Network. In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Field Department will acknowledge our unsung heroines every Wednesday during the month of March. These four women have dedicated their strength, resilience and commitment to eradicating injustices throughout their community. Although there are hundreds of women who support the overall goals of National Action Network on a daily basis, we would like for you to join us in recognizing four of these amazing women during March 2019.

Dr. Marcia L. Thomas McCoy

Dr. McCoy rarely misses a national Chapter Leaders call! She always lends her voice amplifying the stance against injustices taken by Rev. Sharpton and National Action Network in her city of Cleveland, OH.

Dr. McCoy and the Cleveland Chapter of National Action Network hosted the 2018 Midwest Regional Conference. It was a success and well attended.

National Action Network Field Department is proud to have Dr. McCoy apart of the NAN Family!!
Marcia L. Thomas was born in Montgomery, Alabama but, at the age of 2 Marcia’s mother the late Maggie Louise Wearren, Thomas-Jefferson had to suddenly move to Cleveland, Ohio due to the death of her Mother Beulah Mae Wearren to care for her (5) five Siblings.

While in Alabama, Marcia’s Mother, the late Maggie Louise Wearren, Thomas-Jefferson was heavily involved in the civil rights movement worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Marcia is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman College of Urban Affairs. On December 13, 2018 The Board of Directors of International Seminary Conferred on Marcia L. Thomas McCoy the Degree of Doctor of Divinity.

She founded and was director of the Community Covenant Oversight Team, an initiative to close the Achievement Gap of ninth grade male students who were dropping out of school at an alarming rate. 68% of these students winded up in the Juvenile system. This initiative was incorporated and orchestrated by Ohio State Senator C. J. Prentiss. The graduation rate in some instances increased by 67%-80% amongst 9th grade male students across the entire state of Ohio. Marcia was responsible for Parents engaging in their student’s academics. She galvanized Civil Rights Organizations, Elected Officials and she relied heavily on Faith Based Organizational support with the help of the late Bishop F. E. Perry and Rev. Dr. E. T. Caviness who recruited pastors and their congregations to embrace this initiative. Marcia is the Founder and Director of MARGOY GOSPEL PRODUCTIONS (The Gospel with YOU(th) In Mind).

Dr. Marcia McCoy is a member of the IMOS International Missionary Outreach Society and serves on the Disaster Relief Team for the House of God Church and Public Relations. Her elected position is Precinct Committee Ward 1 Precinct D. She’s a member of Top Ladies of Distinction aka Lady Marcia. She’s on the Executive Board of the Cuyahoga County Section of the National Council of Negro Women and serves as Chair of the Social Justice committee. She’s an officer of the NAACP and on the Executive board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Cleveland Chapter.

In 2012 Marcia became President of National Action Network Greater Cleveland Chapter, Founded by Rev. Al Sharpton; by appointment Marcia is the assistant director of the National Action Network Midwest Region. NAN Greater Cleveland Chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award April 5, 2013. Dr. McCoy is a strong advocate for getting prisoners serving 20+years and unjustly charged released. She advocates on behalf of Children, Women, Education, Voting Rights and other issues. One of her quotes is “We Continue to Progress, but the Struggle Continues”.