Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 1

Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 1


Dr. Charles Warfield


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Sierra Moore


Part 1 of two part interview with Dr. Charles Warfield recorded on February 11, 2013. Dr. Warfield is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Sierra Moore as a part of SHARE's (formerly known as the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society) Baldwin Archive Engaging the Wisdom Project with Kalamazoo College. During the interview Dr. Warfield discusses the following topics:

  • Being born and raised in a predominantly black area of Kalamazoo;
  • The importance and memories of his parents;
  • Family within the Kalamazoo area;
  • Childhood memories;
  • His personal awareness of race;
  • The Kalamazoo Public School System in the early 1940s;
  • Experiences as a minority student at University High School;
  • Interaction with the SDS in Oregon;
  • Social justice leadership both in Oregon and Kalamazoo;
  • Protests in Kalamazoo;
  • Kalamazoo College’s history of social justice.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Van Avery Drug Store, Senior Ecumenical Center, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Langston Hughes, The Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society


African American Studies | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History | Social Justice


The Society for History and Racial Equity’s oral history archive is made possible through Western Michigan University’s Presidential Innovation Professorship program. All collection materials and copyright are owned by SHARE; Western Michigan University Libraries provide stewardship and digital access. Content is for educational purposes only and non-reproducible. If cited or linked, please do so through ScholarWorks with appropriate attribution. Please direct any questions to

The Engaging the Wisdom project was made possible by Ms. Donna Odom (retired SHARE Executive Director), Dr. Bruce Mills (Kalamazoo College History Department) and Kalamazoo College students.



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22 pages

Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 1



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