Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 2

Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 2


Lois Fisher


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Sarah Bragg


Part 2 of two part interview with Lois Fisher recorded on February 1, 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:

  • Her grandfather being told that he gets to vote for the first time;
  • Her grandfather working at The Peabody Hotel;
  • How religion impacted her view on civil rights movements;
  • Friendships with non-blacks at Loy Norrix and memorable teachers;
  • Protest at Van Avery Drugstore;
  • Voting and zoning issues in Kalamazoo;
  • Her involvement with the NAACP and the Young Democratic Club;
  • Her father’s election as the first black on the county commission;
  • The continuing need for the fight for civil rights;
  • Dr. King’s assassination;
  • Her father’s invitation to Dr. King’s funeral, and threats by the community to her family due to this;
  • Advice to present-day activists.

Additional files include full transcription and abstract (includes content timestamps).

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Engaging the Wisdom


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


African American Studies | Education | 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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20 pages

Interview with Lois Fisher, Part 2