Interview with Dr. Von Washington Sr., Part 2

Interview with Dr. Von Washington Sr., Part 2


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Scott Brent


Part 2 of two part interview with Dr. Von Washington Sr. recorded on February 4, 2015. Dr. Washington is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Scott Brent 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. Washington discusses the following topics:

  • His experiences while in the Air Force;
  • How spending time abroad informed his understanding of U.S. race relations;
  • Protests and social movements he was involved in during and after the Air Force;
  • Experiences being a race relations instructor;
  • How he prepares to write;
  • Why being educated about black history is important;
  • Differences in racial dynamics in public universities and private universities;
  • How Christian values affect Black values;
  • Racially specific lessons he has passed on to his children;
  • Current political climate and racial tensions within politics;
  • How university racial relations have changed during his lifetime;
  • Which Baldwin works contributed to his understanding of U.S. race relations;
  • His greatest accomplishments.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Eric Garner, Barack Obama, Western Michigan University


Higher Education | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Religion | 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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32 pages

Interview with Dr. Von Washington Sr., Part 2