Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 2

Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 2


Dr. Martha Warfield


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Anita Ghans


Part 2 of two part interview with Dr. Martha Warfield recorded on May 15, 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:

  • Early experiences growing up as a black girl;
  • The reasoning behind the emphasis on education in Martha’s family;
  • Experiences while at The University of Oregon;
  • How Kalamazoo changed while Martha and Charles were in Oregon;
  • Seeing Bobby Kennedy on his last political campaign;
  • Coming back to Kalamazoo after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • The Black Panthers;
  • Working as a probation officer in Kalamazoo;
  • Why Martha started Kalamazoo’s first African American-owned mental health clinic;
  • Her work with Western Michigan University’s summer bridge programs;
  • How racism has changed over her lifetime;
  • Opinions on current protests and civil unrest.

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, Martin Luther King Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Barack Obama, Freddie Gray, Van Avery Drug Store, Western Michigan University


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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27 pages

Interview with Dr. Martha Warfield, Part 2