Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 1

Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 1


Dr. Martha Warfield


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Anita Ghans


Part 1 of two part interview with Dr. Martha Warfield recorded on May 1, 2015. Dr. Warfield is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Anita Ghans 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. Warfield discusses the following topics:

  • Martha’s Mother and Father and their families;
  • Relations between the white and black communities in Dowagiac, Michigan;
  • Lessons about race that her mother and father taught the family;
  • Racial bias faced while at the Orange Bowl;
  • Experiences while in school;
  • Martha’s siblings’ experiences while attending Western Michigan University;
  • Martha’s experiences while attending Western Michigan University;
  • How Martha ended up working in social work;
  • Experiences during the Civil Rights Movement;
  • Race relations in Kalamazoo during the Civil Rights Movement;
  • How Martha met her husband, Charles;
  • Community action in Kalamazoo during the War on Poverty;
  • Experiences involving the Civil Rights Movement;
  • Opinions on the feminist movement.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Lyndon B. Johnson, Western Michigan University, U.S. Air Force, Van Avery’s Drug Store, Loy Norrix High School


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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33 pages

Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 1