Interview with Dr. Lewis Walker, Part 1

Interview with Dr. Lewis Walker, Part 1


Dr. Lewis Walker


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Katherine H. Rapin


Part 1 of two part interview with Dr. Lewis Walker recorded on February 5, 2015. Dr. Walker is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Katherine H. Rapin 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. Walker discusses the following topics:

  • Growing up in Jim Crow South, Selma and Birmingham, Alabama;
  • Attending college at Wilberforce University and Ohio State University;
  • Being fired from summer job because of prejudice;
  • Attending “a march against fear” organized by Martin Luther King Jr. in Jackson, Mississippi;
  • History of family and having a white plantation owner as a great grandfather;
  • Description of transition from Jim Crow South to Ohio for school at age 18;
  • Discussion of influential professors at Wilberforce University;
  • Discussion of wanting to become a professor;
  • Memories of moving to Kalamazoo, MI to teach at Western Michigan University;
  • Struggles of finding housing in Kalamazoo, MI as a black in the 60s.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Willy Mays, Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Douglass Community Association, James Meredith


African American Studies | Higher Education | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History


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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21 pages

Interview with Dr. Lewis Walker, Part 1