“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” – Pope John XXIII
Debbie’s life has been shaped by her love of family starting with her mother, Marion Virginia and her father, Horace Lee Bazemore.
She is one of nine children who grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, a small Navy town sitting along the Elizabeth River. Her family lived in the Ida Barbour housing project until her father through hard work and perseverance was able to move them to what was said to be one of the largest suburban developments for black homeowners in the South. It was a community of familiar neighbors. An eclectic group representing many different educational and financial strata. Teachers, pastors, postal workers, skilled shipyard tradesmen, grocery store employees all lived there. It was a place where neighbors helped neighbors and the good of the community was the priority of everyone.
Debbie graduated from high school and went on to be the first in her family to complete college. Her mother, understanding that education was a vital component of success, was determined that Debbie would finish college so as to set an example for her younger siblings. Debbie graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.