Interview with Buddy Hannah, Part 2

Interview with Buddy Hannah, Part 2


Buddy Hannah


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Jenny Tarnoff


Part 2 of two part interview with Buddy Hannah recorded on May 15, 2013. Mr. Hannah is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Jenny Tarnoff 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. Hannah discusses the following topics:

  • Childhood; the city compared to the country and the North compared to the South;
  • Personal and political aspects of his writings;
  • The Black Arts Movement; the possibilities and opportunities it presented;
  • The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • The Civil Rights Movement on a national and local level;
  • Advice for young and aspiring artists.
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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, DJ, Popular Music, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, The Upjohn Company, Van Avery Drugstore, Malcolm X, The Black Panther Party, Martin Luther King Jr


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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25 pages

Interview with Buddy Hannah, Part 2



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