Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 1

Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 1


Lois Fisher


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Sarah Bragg


Part 1 of two part interview with Lois Fisher recorded on January 25, 2016. Ms. Fisher is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Sarah Bragg 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 Ms. Fisher discusses the following topics:

  • Growing up in Washington, D.C.;
  • Her family;
  • Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee and prejudice faced while traveling;
  • The Reformed Church and the family move to Kalamazoo;
  • Loy Norrix High School and the discriminatory behaviors towards her and her friends;
  • Experience at Western Michigan University;
  • Discussion of how her parents instilled the necessity of education;
  • First teaching experience at Washington Elementary;
  • The Master’s Program for Middle School Education at Western Michigan University;
  • The Kalamazoo Promise;
  • Greatest accomplishments and children;
  • Regrets of not knowing as much about her grandparents as she would like;
  • Impacts of civil rights events at the time;
  • Van Avery’s Drugstore boycott;
  • Housing problems within the city of Kalamazoo;
  • Opinions on Black Lives Matter movement.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Loy Norrix High School, Western Michigan University, Van Avery’s Drug Store, NAACP, Martin Luther King Jr.


African American Studies | 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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23 pages

Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 1