Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 1

Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 1


Beverly Coleman


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Kate Ballew


Part 1 of two part interview with Beverly Coleman recorded on January 27, 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 Coleman discusses the following topics:

  • Growing up in Alabama;
  • Family situation while growing up;
  • Her Mother and Father;
  • Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Dr. King as minister;
  • The Montgomery Black bourgeoisie;
  • Her Aunt and Uncle;
  • Attending Lab School;
  • Family stories about the generation before her;
  • Her experiences with racism and social “rules” while growing up;
  • Participation in the Montgomery Bus Boycott;
  • Bombing of Dr. King’s house;
  • The decision to move to New York for high school and the Southern Negro Student Project;
  • Her experience living with a Northern Quaker family.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Malcolm X, Montgomery Alabama


African American Studies | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History | Social Justice


Notes/Rights Statement:

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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13 pages

Interview with Beverly Coleman Part 1