Born in Atlanta's Grady Hospital in 1941 to truck
driver George Arrington and domestic worker Maggie Arrington, Judge
Marvin Arrington spent his formative years in some of Atlanta's poorest
in-town neighborhoods, including the Grady Homes public housing project.
Church and community activism were prominent influences in young
Marvin's life. He joined the Lindsey Street Baptist Church at an
Arrington's childhood was full and productive as he held down part
time jobs on weekends, managed his own paper route and helped his
grandfather deliver fresh vegetables along Peachtree Road. Marvin
participated in youth activities at the Butler Street YMCA and was
a Boy Scout. The Arrington family unit was poor but provided a stable
and nurturing environment for Marvin and his siblings Joseph, Elaine,
Audrey and Cynthia.
At Turner High School, he quarterbacked the football team among
other activities. His on-field successes along with his dedication
determination won him an athletic grant to Clark College (now Clark
Atlanta University). At Clark, Arrington immersed himself in campus
life enriching with fraternity and other social and community activities
in addition to academic requirements and football. He has maintained
many of the relationships from his Clark College days including
his Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity brothers.