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Reverend Marcus Garvey Wood

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Waffles (Belgian)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wildwood, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
You can make it.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1920
Birth Location:
Gloucester, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Waffles (Belgian)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wildwood, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
You can make it.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1920
Birth Location:
Gloucester
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Biography

Marcus Garvey Wood was born on June 18, 1920, in Gloucester, Virginia. His mother was a domestic and homemaker. His father, a carpenter, was born and raised on a slave plantation. Wood earned his high school diploma in 1937 from Gloucester High School where he was active in the drama and 4-H clubs and a member of the debate team. During his senior year of high school, Wood joined the ministry and preached his first sermon at his home church, Union Zion Baptist, in Ware Neck, Virginia.

After spending a semester at Virginia Union College in Richmond, Virginia in 1937, Wood was invited to train at Enon Baptist Church in Baltimore. In 1946, Wood became pastor of sister churches in West Virginia -- Wainwright Baptist in Charles Town and Zion Baptist in Johnstown. While serving at both churches, he met and married his wife, Bessie, in 1948, and earned his B.A. degree in history from Storer College. In 1949, Wood was called to pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church in Woodbury, New Jersey. The following year, Wood and nine other African American ministers made history when they were admitted to Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. The group of students included Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr. Wood earned his master of divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951.

In 1952, Wood began his forty-five year tenure as pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Baltimore. At Providence, he created an adult day care center, an AIDS ministry, and educational programs. In 1998, he published And Grace Will Lead Me Home, a collection of sermons and personal reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wood has completed missionary work in South America, Haiti, Russia, Ghana and South Africa. He continues to lecture and educate grade school students about Martin Luther King.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marcus Garvey Wood tells about his paternal ancestors before and after emancipation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes his tri-racial background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marcus Garvey Wood remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marcus Garvey Wood shares his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marcus Garvey Wood lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marcus Garvey Wood explains his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes his childhood environs in Gloucester county, Virginia, part I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls his four-room elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls the sights, smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Marcus Garvey Wood, the fifth of seven brothers, remembers wearing hand-me-downs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls wondering why blacks should go to school when they could only get agricultural jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes limited interaction with whites as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes the very limited job prospects for blacks in 1930s Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marcus Garvey Wood discusses the role of skin color in his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marcus Garvey Wood recounts his high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls his decision to become a minister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marcus Garvey Wood discusses his college prospects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marcus Garvey Wood experiences poverty and homelessness while trying to work his way through seminary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls working his way through Morgan College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes his experience in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls his churches in West Virginia and compares skin tone prejudice in black churches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes meeting his wife while in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls starting Crozer Theological Seminary and being hired by a church in New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marcus Garvey Wood remembers fellow seminarian, Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marcus Garvey Wood remembers fellow Martin Luther King, Jr and his relationship with fellow seminarians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marcus Garvey Wood explains his decision to remain at his Baltimore church instead of working at the NAACP national office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marcus Garvey Wood recalls reactions to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marcus Garvey Wood considers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marcus Garvey Wood considers the significance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marcus Garvey Wood reflects on his life's course
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marcus Garvey Wood discusses his book, 'And Grace Will Lead Me Home'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marcus Garvey Wood describes how he would like to be remembered