Interview with Caldin Street Part 1

Interview with Caldin Street Part 1


Caldin Street


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Craig Isser


Part 1 of two part interview with Caldin Street recorded on April 29, 2015. Ms. Street is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Craig Isser 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. Street discusses the following topics:

  • Family life and childhood in Kalamazoo;
  • Family values of education, independence, and living morally;
  • Encountering overt racism in the south for the first time;
  • The importance of “work”: children started at a young age, father worked 3 jobs;
  • The influence of the church and religion on Street’s upbringing;
  • Street’s rebellious spirit;
  • Street’s high school experiences at Loy Norrix;
  • Music as a means of empowerment and a tool to block out negativity;
  • Standing up against racism without being poisoned by hatred.

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Location of Interview

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging The Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, Borgess Hospital, Lincoln International Studies School, Loy Norrix High School


African American Studies | Education | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | 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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30 pages

Interview with Caldin Street Part 1