Interview with James Washington Sr., Part 2

Interview with James Washington Sr., Part 2


James Washington Sr.


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Max Jensen


Part 2 of two part interview with James Washington Sr. recorded on February 12, 2013. Mr. Washington is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Max Jensen 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 Mr. Washington discusses the following topics:

  • Family and experiences growing up in a family of 13;
  • Race riots in Springfield, Illinois;
  • Discussions of race within the family setting;
  • The Douglas Community Association;
  • The Western Michigan University Student Union protest;
  • The Van Avery Drugstore protest;
  • Martin Luther King and Rap Brown;
  • The legacy and future of civil rights in America;
  • School of choice in Kalamazoo.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, Douglas Community Association, Van Avery Drugs, NAACP, Martin Luther King Jr, Rap Brown, Barack Obama


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


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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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22 pages

Interview with James Washington Sr., Part 2