National recognition for Birmingham philanthropist T. Marie King

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Alabama native and co-founder of the Birmingham-based grassroots mentorship program, Precious Pearls of Promise, T. Marie King is being honored by a national publication for her inspirational work helping young women ages 14 to 25 become strong and successful.

King, 35, is among 50 women Glamour magazine has chosen from each state for inspiring other women and making a difference as their “Hometown Heroes.”

An avid volunteer since the age of 13 with organizations such as Cool Girls Inc., CASA, Junior Achievement and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, King says she’s always had a passion for three things — mentoring young adults, the arts and giving back to her community.

“I wanted to give young girls what I felt I could have benefited from at their age: a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and a loving, nonjudgmental heart,” said King to the magazine.

Meeting twice a month for classes that “reinforce what young ladies are learning at home,” King helps mentor the “pearls” on 24 key topics ranging in everything everything from communication skills to having a good attitude to how to deal with peer pressure.

The class even include biblical concepts and principles, which is fitting as King obtained a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University in 2013.

According to Glamour, King is planning to expand the mentoring services to young men in Birmingham as well, and is developing a resource that will help connect Alabama families in need with affordable housing and counseling services

“Many people work hard at building numbers,” King explained. “We are working hard at building lives.”

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