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Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rack of Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1925
Birth Location:
Pensacola, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Rack of Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1925
Birth Location:
Pensacola
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Biography

Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom was born on March 14, 1925 in Pensacola, Florida. His mother was a domestic and later a chef. After the death of his father during his early childhood, Bascom was raised by his maternal grandmother. He earned his high school diploma in 1942 from Washington High School where he was active in the chorus, drama club and a member of the tennis team. That same year Bascom was called to the ministry and preached his trial sermon at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.

In 1946, Bascom earned his B.S. degree in English from Florida Memorial College. He also served as pastor of Shiloh Baptist and First Baptist Church, both in Pensacola. In 1948, he earned his bachelor’s of divinity degree from Howard University. The following year, Bascom began his 46-year tenure at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

While at Douglas, Bascom demonstrated his strong leadership skills in the pulpit as well as the community. In 1962, he created “Camp Farthest Out,” an overnight summer camp for underprivileged children. In 1963, Bascom participated in the Gwen Oak Park Demonstration, a protest that led to the desegregation of Baltimore’s amusement parks. Bascom was appointed Baltimore’s first African American Fire Commissioner in 1968, and under his leadership and direction calm was restored to the city after the disturbances following Martin Luther King’s assassination. In 1970, he received an honorary doctorate of divinity from his alma mater, Florida Memorial College.

Bascom also founded the Association of Black Charities, an umbrella organization of the United Way. Bascom’s commitment to the community included the development of Douglas Village, a 49-unit apartment complex, The Douglas Memorial Federal Credit Union and a “Meals-on-Wheels” program for the sick and elderly.

After his retirement from Douglas Memorial in 1995, Bascom served as the interim Director of Morgan University’s Christian Center. He received numerous awards for his civic and community leadership. He was a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the National Council of Community Churches and the Baltimore Hospitals Commission Board.

Bascom passed away on May 17, 2012 at age 87.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes the segregation in Pensacola, Florida during the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom remembers his neighborhood in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about Spencer Bibbs Elementary School in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom recalls his early aspiration to be a preacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom remembers Vernon T. McDaniel, principal of Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about growing up with his strict maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom remembers first preaching at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about attending Florida Normal and Industrial College in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom recalls his first jobs as pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes his experience at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom recalls becoming pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in Baltimore, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in Baltimore, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom shares his past hope during the Civil Rights Movement and present frustration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom recalls responses to demonstrations and riots in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom remembers the meeting of several prominent African American leaders with Maryland's Governor Spiro Agnew in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about the establishment of Camp Farthest Out in Sykesville, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about the founding of Douglas Village in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes the creation and achievements of Associated Black Charities in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his retirement from pastoring Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his concerns for the black church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his concerns for the black church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom reflects upon his accomplishments as pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom talks about his vision for African American churches
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom gives advice for those seeking to be clergy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Marion Curtis Bascom narrates his photographs, pt. 2