The Art of Life...

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Marvin Young, journeyed photojournalist, videographer and father of two adult children, since 2018, has been the Visual & Member Communications Coordinator for the National Council of English Teachers (NCTE).

A 25,000-member organization, NCTE is the professional home of English, literacy, language, and composition educators, defining its field since 1911. NCTE’s annual convention is the oldest annual event in the U.S. for literacy and is the founder of trademarked public events such as the National Day on Writing ® and the African American Read-In ®.

Young formerly served as a full-time photographer for the Kentucky Office of Creative Services (2008), traveling with and capturing the leadership of three governors including Steve Beshear, Matt Bevin, and Andy Beshear.

Prior to this influential position documenting public figures and newsworthy events, the Covington, Kentucky native held communications and public affairs positions with the National Center for Families Learning, the University of Louisville (UofL) Office of Communications and Marketing and Louisville's premier African American Newspaper, The Louisville Defender.

Along the way, Young has consistently captured vivid images with pristine focus that greatly impact each organization's visual identity and mass appeal, while receiving top and prestigious awards in photography from the Kentucky Association of Government Communications, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and Public Relations Society of America-International Association of Business Communicators.

For more than 20 years, the talented tenth veteran photographer has been one of an exclusive coterie of photographers for the Kentucky Derby. In 2006, Young was honored as a Kentucky Derby Festival poster artist. He also parlays the eagle-eyed skills of a visual artist as a freelance photographer for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Baird, the Kentucky Department of Education, Angel's Envy, Volunteers of America and the Louisville Sports Commission, only to name a few.

Young was a long-time protégé of Charles "Bud" Dorsey, Jr. (1941-2021), one of Louisville's famed pioneer photojournalists. Dorsey, with humility and eloquence, documented vital stories-to-be told of the human experience of Louisville and the world community. A proud father of Taylor Young and Christopher Young, Marvin Young is a member of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church and serves as its visual historian, multimedia specialist, videographer and photographer.

To quote the Louisville 'Renaissance Man of Photography': "In an age when we are bombarded with information, it's more important than ever to understand how a provocative image can be (etched) into the mind and never be forgotten."