Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 1

Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 1


Mollie Peterson


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Anya Opshinsky


Part 1 of two part interview with Mollie Peterson recorded on April 24, 2015. Peterson is interviewed by Kalamazoo College studentAnya Opshinsky 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 Peterson discusses the following topics:

  • Moving from Little Rock, Arkansas to Missouri;
  • Growing up and experiences with schooling in Missouri;
  • Experiencing desegregation in high school;
  • Moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan;
  • Working in the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department;
  • Living on the North Side of Kalamazoo;
  • Attending Kellogg Community College and Spring Arbor University;
  • Moving to Georgia;
  • The importance of childhood education;
  • Why she began writing to women;
  • Religious experiences while growing up in Missouri and while living in Kalamazoo;
  • Experiences on the Board of Education.

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Location of Interview

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Little Rock Arkansas, Missouri, Jesse Jackson, The Black Panthers, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mother Theresa, Angela Davis, T.D. Jakes, Malcom X, Medgar Evers


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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20 pages

Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 1