Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 2

Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 2


Beverly Coleman


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Kate Ballew


Part 2 of two part interview with Beverly Coleman recorded on January 28, 2016. Beverly Coleman is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Kate Ballew 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 Beverly Coleman discusses the following topics:

  • The American Friends Service Committee;
  • Cultural differences between the South and the North;
  • Learning how to live in the North;
  • Interracial dating;
  • Experiences while at Wilmington College;
  • How Beverly met her husband, Jim;
  • Experiences while teaching in Wilmington and threats received while purchasing a house in a White neighborhood;
  • Why Beverly and Jim moved to Kalamazoo
  • Opinions on racism and classicism in the city of Kalamazoo;
  • Organizations that Beverly currently participates in;
  • Memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • The notion of nonviolent protest;
  • The assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X;
  • How the roles of men and women have changed over time.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, General Motors Factory, Wilmington College, The Women’s Movement, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X


African American Studies | Higher Education | Inequality and Stratification | 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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15 pages

Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 2