Atlanta icon Marvin Arrington Sr. celebration of life

Published: Jul. 10, 2023 at 4:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2023 at 11:16 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The community is getting its final chance Friday to say goodbye to an icon in Atlanta politics with a celebration of life.

UPDATE: The broadcast has ended.

Marvin Stephens Arrington, Sr., who died earlier this month at the age of 82, lie in state at Atlanta City Hall on Thursday this week. Arrington was a former Fulton County Superior Court judge and Atlanta City Council president. He graduated from Clark College and became one of Emory University Law School’s first Black graduates.

The week of remembrance began Wednesday with the Kappa Alpha PSI memorial service for members only at the Murray Brothers Funeral Home Cascade Chapel.

On Thursday, July 27, the lying in state and tributes from the city of Atlanta and Fulton County will be held at Atlanta City Hall. Arrington will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tributes will begin at noon. The wake and family hour are scheduled to be held at Big Bethel AME Church from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Celebration of Life will be held at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Friday, July 28 at 11 a.m. The Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetary at 1173 Cascade Circle and the repast will be held at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church.

And on Saturday, July 29, the film screening of “Bo Legs: Marvin Arrington Sr. An Atlanta Story” will begin at 2 p.m. at Lindsay Street Baptist Church.

“God is so good he gave you 82 beautiful years. Your contributions to your hometown of Atlanta are unparalleled. Your career as a lawyer is what inspired me to become a lawyer,” Arrington Jr. wrote in an Instagram post. “Your work as a legislator inspired me to become a legislator. I even got to produce an award-winning documentary film on you, and you got to see it go around the world on @delta Airlines. Thank you to everyone for all your words of condolences. While we are sad about our loss, we are happy about the life that he lived, the people that he touched, and the goals that he accomplished. Thank you, Daddy, for EVERYTHING. We love you more. Job well done thy good and faithful servant. It is our turn now. We are so grateful for all the sacrifices you made for us.”

Arrington Jr. stopped by Atlanta News First in February to discuss the documentary “Bo Legs” which highlights the life and work of his father.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Arrington Sr. requests that contributions be made to the Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. Legal Foundation, which they said will award scholarships to students.