Oral History of David Donnell Marshall

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David Marshall is a native Baltimorean, a trained opera singer, a father, and the founder of Journey to Josiah, an organization that helps parents navigate adoption. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up in the Baltimore area and talks about his family, particularly his brother, parents, and grandfather. He discusses his Christian faith and experience as a budding musician in his church. He speaks about learning to accept his gay identity in the context of faith and family, the joys and the challenges of parenthood, and his thoughts about adoption. This oral history was conducted by undergraduate students enrolled in Dr. Joseph Plaster’s Queer Oral History course, which was taught at Johns Hopkins University in spring 2022.