Interview with Phyllis Seabolt, Part 2

Interview with Phyllis Seabolt, Part 2


Phyllis Seabolt


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Chandler Smith


Part 2 of two part interview with Phyllis Seabolt recorded on February 15, 2013. Seabolt is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Chandler Smith 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 Seabolt discusses the following topics:

  • Experiences with discrimination as a child in Dowagiac, MI and as an adult in Kalamazoo, MI;
  • The ways in which her parents (with a focus on her mother) fought for equal access for their children;
  • Working as “domestic help” for a family off campus in exchange for room and board during her college years at Western Michigan University;
  • The initial breakthrough of being able to teach home economics in the Kalamazoo Public Schools;
  • Experiences as both a student and teacher in the public school system and at Western Michigan University;
  • Observations of racial imbalances and desegregation in the public schools;
  • Protests in Kalamazoo, MI;
  • Life in Chicago as a young mother.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Public Schools


African American Studies | Education | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History | Social Justice | Women's Studies


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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17 pages

Interview with Phyllis Seabolt, Part 2