Marissa McCall
Marissa McCall, 37, the public policy director for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, died unexpectedly from as yet unknown causes on May 21.

McCall joined the Southern Center in 2016. She pushed to reform harsh sentencing laws, find alternatives to incarceration, abolish the death penalty and strengthen the state's public defender system.

State Rep. Chuck Efstration, a Dacula Republican, said he knew as soon as he met McCall that she was a "brilliant attorney who had a true heart to do good."

McCall is survived by her father, David McCall; her mother, Eva K. McCall-Perry; her sister, Danisha McCall; and her son, Arion ""AJ"" Dodson Jr. Funeral arrangements are not being made public.

Read more about Marissa McCall on ajc.com
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 27, 2021.
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Marissa and I were close neighbors for many years. We enjoyed talking with each other while our dogs played together. I watched AJ grow up. Marissa was there for me when my only child passed in 2020. My heart breaks for the family. I know God has her embraced in his arms.
Debbie Smith
Friend
June 30, 2021
May GOD continue in your lives as you process this major loss. My prayers are with you always. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Owena
Acquaintance
June 14, 2021
May you find eternal rest and your family comfort. As a community we will continue to carry out your legacy as we advocate for people of marginalized communities.
Keisha Brown (Alliance for Black Lives)
Acquaintance
June 1, 2021
You have greatly impacted and changed the world for the better, will miss you dearly, your cuz Kenny
Kenneth Porter
Family
June 1, 2021
Your work will continue on
Marsha Martin
May 31, 2021
My heart goes out to Marissa's family after this great loss. May the love and prayers of friends and family carry you through this difficult time. I pray that Marissa's legacy lives on.
Maya Hanna
Classmate
May 31, 2021
My sincerest condolences and prayers for the family of Marissa McCall. May God comfort your hearts during this season of great loss!
Rev. Evaleen Litman Sargent
May 29, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Vinina Williams
Classmate
May 28, 2021
To the McCall Family, especially AJ, thank you! You shared our sister with many...thank you for the blessing. We could never consider Marissa our friend. From the time we met her she was our little sister that had so much to give. Our paths crossed for business and bloomed to a blessed relationship. Tennessee and the LIFEline to Success program grew because of this beautiful young woman. Continued love and prayers.
Vinessa & DeAndre Brown
Family
May 28, 2021
I spoke with her on a couple of the Justice days and I really appreciated her passion to do right by those who were criminalized by the criminal justice system. To her family and the Southern center for human rights you have my deepest condolences .
Maxine N’Diaye
May 28, 2021
Another one of God Angel
Reginald mitchell
Friend
May 28, 2021
Marissa will always be our bright, shining star. She a beautiful person. She was God's gift.
Cheryl Thomas
Family
May 28, 2021
A life well lived. My condolences to the many family and friends of this dynamic leader.
Barbara Bowens
Acquaintance
May 28, 2021
Thank you for being an incredible person, friend, mother, advocate, and overall sincere person. I am forever honored to have known you. Thank you for standing next to me and my girls.
Tammy Greer
Friend
May 27, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I was one of Arions Early Childcare teachers. She was always kind and the love she had for her son was felt by all. We loved both her and Aj.
I am truly heartbroken.
Andrea Amey
Teacher
May 27, 2021
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