Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 2

Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 2


Mollie Peterson


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Anya Opshinsky


Part 2 of two part interview with Mollie Peterson recorded on May 11, 2015. Peterson is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Anya 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:

  • Differences between experiencing the Civil Rights Movement in the country and the city;
  • Women in the Black Power movement;
  • Experiences with starting over;
  • Sources for inspiration;
  • Experiences with her caregivers in Missouri;
  • Schooling experiences in Missouri;
  • Going to a desegregated high school;
  • Her childhood dreams;
  • The idea of raising children in fear;
  • The reprogramming of one’s mind;
  • Influences from the Civil Rights movement;
  • Ideas of sisterhood;
  • Mistrust within the community;
  • Representations of Black women in the media;
  • Reading of My Voice Sings.

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Location of Interview

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, The Little Rock 9, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Angela Davis, T.D. Jakes, The Black Panthers, Malcom X, Medgar Evers


African American Studies | 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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24 pages

Interview with Mollie Peterson, Part 2