Associated Black Charities Spotlights BCCC Board Chair Kurt Schmoke in Their First Friday History Maker Series

First Fridays: Kurt SchmokeMayor, city attorney, and academic administrator, Hon. Kurt L. Schmoke was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the only child of Irene and Murray Schmoke. Schmoke attended Baltimore City College, where he was the quarterback of the school’s state champion football team. Schmoke’s parents and pastor, Marion Bascom of the Douglas Memorial Community Church, encouraged his academic career. Schmoke was also mentored by Baltimore Judge Robert Hammerman, who asked him to join the Lancers Boys Club, a youth organization that Hammerman ran in his spare time.

Schmoke attended Yale University, where he continued to excel in school and athletics, and was chosen to represent the student body during the turmoil that surrounded the 1970 trial of Black Panther Bobby Seale. Schmoke graduated with his B.A. degree in history in 1971, after which he was selected for a Rhodes Scholarship. He studied at Oxford University in England for two years, traveling throughout Europe and Africa in his free time. Schmoke attended Harvard Law School, graduating with his J.D. degree in 1976.

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