Interview with John Chamberlin, Part 2

Interview with John Chamberlin, Part 2


John Chamberlin


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Melissa Acosta


Part 2 of two part interview with John Chamberlin recorded on May 24, 2013. Mr. Chamberlin is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Melissa Acosta 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 Mr. Chamberlin discusses the following topics:

  • Being raised by his grandparents and great aunt;
  • How his upbringing influenced his choice of friends;
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities in high school;
  • Feelings of not belonging to either race;
  • Regret at not being involved in or as knowledgeable about civil rights activism at the time;
  • Experiences with segregation and integration;
  • Relationship with the church;
  • Experiences as a musician in Kalamazoo;
  • Relationship with his mother and father;
  • Struggles with raising a son with bi-polar disorder.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr.


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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18 pages

Interview with John Chamberlin, Part 2