Marcelle Angela Miranda was born on October 16, 1958 to Ida and Frank Miranda. She was the first grandchild of Elsie and Ivelaw Miranda, whom she lived with in Georgetown, Guyana. Family and neighbors witnessed as Marcelle enjoyed music and loved to dance on the veranda. At age seven , Marcelle and her younger brother Mark joined their previously migrated parents and met their baby sister, Pamela in Brooklyn, NY. Seven years later their youngest sibling, Paul was born.
Attending St. Gabriel Catholic School and NYC public schools Marcelle was a bright student and an avid reader, completing assignments well in advance of her classmates. Despite being a recent immigrant, Marcelle exceeded her teachers’ limited expectations of her academic abilities by passing impromptu tests with flying colors. Marcelle belonged to Berean Baptist Missionary Church, where she was in the Youth Lay League and was a Girl Scout. At the age of 13 Marcelle entered the specialized Stuyvesant High School (NYC). While at Stuyvesant, she joined the Black student union (U.N.I.K.U.K.U.), which inspired her lifelong commitment to Black empowerment. Her academic excellence earned her acceptance, Bennett College (NC) and upon graduation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study dentistry. She attended each on full scholarship.
Maintaining her love of the sciences, Marcelle embraced a passion for writing to recreate herself. She achieved another scholarship and a journalism internship. Her work as an editor for Newsday in Allentown, Pennsylvania provided her valuable experiences and friendships. At that time she was an active member of the Baháʼí faith.
Marcelle returned to New York to begin next big adventure: motherhood. With the birth of her daughter, Olivia Harris, Marcelle added co-parenting (with Herbert Harris) to her life. She rejoined Berean Baptist became a Girl Scout leader and sang in the choir. Also joined Congressman Ed Townes’ Women’s Caucus.
Employed as Community Affairs liaison for the East New York Diagnostic Center Marcelle created health advocacy campaigns and health fairs. She became a NYC teacher and taught science at IS 292. She was a founding gardener at the Highland Park Children’s Garden in East New York. When Marcelle married Baba Pearson Guiliams she became Empress Mariam Guilliams and continued her wellness and educational activities in her new community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When Marcelle returned to Brooklyn to care for her mother at home, she made weekly visits to share her writing skills with the senior community at Berean Gardens Senior Living Center. She worked with DeCosta Headley providing Health care and community outreach initiatives in Brooklyn. Simultaneously, Marcelle was “Momager” of her daughter’s music career (Olivia K and the Parkers). Continuing her own musical and cultural pursuits Marcelle studied and performed in Shanto, led by Guyanese Master Drummer Baba Mpho.
An explorer, scientist, teacher, journalist, activist, gardener, health and empowerment advocate who loved music and dancing and travel, Marcelle steadfastly, she celebrated her Guyanese heritage and African consciousness.
Marcelle enjoyed seeing change in the lives of others and making the world around her a better place. In her own words she said: “I studied at University of Conscious Thought” and “I work for the people.”
Marcelle was also known as Mariam Guilliams, Sister Mariam and Empress to the many whose lives she touched. In November of 2020, when her daughter had a tree planted in her name in Scotland, the act officially granted Marcelle the title of Lady...Lady Marcelle.
Warm ...Nurturing ...Graceful ...Fun-Loving ...Supportive ... Generous. Kind... Marcelle leaves to celebrate her life:
Daughter: Olivia K Harris
Committed co-parent: Dr. Herbert Harris
Siblings and their spouses: Mark & Annette Miranda; Pamela & Omatie Ghenebitse; Paul & Andrea Miranda
Nieces and nephews: Aubrey, Cameron, Noelle, Kayla, Nuri
Goddaughter: Genesis Luciano
Godson: Jamal Barrow
A Global Forest of Miranda and King Families of loving Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins
A Garden of Friends: Uncountable and also Global...
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