David Maurice Parker
2017 Charlotte Smallwood Volunteer of the Year Awardee
A native of Washington, D.C., David Maurice Parker is a man of many hats, gifts and talents – having graduated from the prestigious and world-renown Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 2001. Already having a love for giving back to the community through his volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club as well as providing tutoring to youth, David Maurice answered the call to serve in the United States Navy in 2002. During his 14-year career in the U.S. Navy, David Maurice always found a means to give back to the community by volunteering his time assisting students with disabilities in Dubai to sitting on committees advocating on the quality of life concerns of soldiers, sailors, and airmen to scorekeeper during the Special Olympics DC to serving on a panel evaluating senior papers at the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts to volunteering at DC Black Pride since 2015. He currently volunteers his time serving as a national officer of Omega Lambda Phi Fraternity, Inc. managing the office of membership.
David Maurice is beginning to make a name for himself as an entrepreneur having formed a modeling agency, 48Twenty Model Management, with his sister as well as a media and entertainment company, Healing For The Soul (H4TS) Media, through which he's self-published two editions of his poetry collection, Life's Journey: Love, Life, & Spirituality. With this collection and utilizing his role as pastor of Triumphant Victory Christian Church in Washington, D.C., David Maurice has created a platform for himself to bring awareness to the prevailing stigma regarding HIV/AIDS - having been a featured poet at the DC Black Pride Writer's Forum last year to his feature in POZ magazine as a POZ 100 Honoree to participating in the World AIDS Day POZArt Showcase for the Black Gift & Whole Foundation.
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