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An Interview With Charles Briscoe
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TitleAn Interview With Charles Briscoe
AbstractInterviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded November 19, 1975. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed under the religion category and recorded at the Paseo Baptist Church, 2501 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri. Rev. Charles Briscoe was born May 17, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri. In the interview he discusses his early life, education, ministry, the role of the church, etc.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 7, CD 7 (2 parts)
Local SubjectAfrican Americans
Oral History
Briscoe, Charles J.
Paseo Baptist Church
Holmes, Daniel A.
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionInterview Outline:

Rev. Charles Briscoe was born May 17, 1931 in Kansas City, MIssouri at 2217 Wabash. Delivered by Dr. Frank Haugh. Rev. Briscoe tells of the times during the depression (from listening to his father) how men would stand in line waiting for other men to fall out from work so they could get the job. He says he looks at the things his children had before they were teenagers, that he never had in his life.

Rev. Briscoe's first ambition was to be a musician. Studied at R.T. Coles, 19th [&] Tracy. Manual High School was then white. There was some bussing then.There were few fights and little contact with drugs, he says. He later attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. In his early teens he excepted Christ for his Savior. It was his senior year (1948) that he decided his life belonged to the Lord.

He graduated from Missouri School of Religion receiving a Graduate Degree in Theology. He pastored at Brunswick, Missouri three years and Moberly, Missouri three years. Was later chosen to be Director of Kansas City Baptist Fellowship. In early 60's (go-between for Black and White groups). Tension did exist at that time. Would like to see a new effort towards unifying the Black family.

Church is the body of Jesus Christ, Rev. Briscoe says. If it is true to its history it should not be either Black or White.The church has played a very significant role, he believes. No one who really studies the Bible can really be content to be second class, he thinks. He believes that the main purpose of the church is to provide people with a spiritual background and fortification. It has to prepare people to be the persons in the community and home that they should be.

Founded 91 years ago as the Shiloh Baptist Mission - Paseo Baptist has continually moved forward. Dr. D. A. Holmes served as pastor 46 years (1921-1967). Fought many battles with the Pendergast regime. Added 500 people each year when he first came. Other pastors' names were given by Rev. Briscoe. There is a new emphasis in evangelistic outreach, he says. The church has also been involved in a center for unwed mothers.The building of youth choir is another thrust and also the church has built libraries.

The churches have missionaries in Liberia, West Africa and they support Martin Luther King Hospital. They also provide some shcolarships for our youth. They have sent money to Africa to help starving there. Many problems that we see out there are symptoms of a deeper problem, that man has - (SIN) - feels that at this point the church as failed. The oppression that we have had has helped us to identify with other Black people of the world, he says. Rev. Briscoe feels we should purchase land.
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Item ID210279
CONTENTdm number36322
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