Interview with Byron Foster, Part 1

Interview with Byron Foster, Part 1


Byron Foster


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Hannah Bogard


Part 1 of two part interview with Byron Foster recorded on January 29, 2015. Mr. Foster is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Hannah Bogard 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. Foster discusses the following topics:

  • History of family name and origins;
  • Memories of childhood growing up in a lower-middle class neighborhood in Queens New York;
  • Family values and participation in Cub and Boy Scouts and Jack and Jill organization;
  • Memories of transitioning to junior high and high school;
  • Hearing speeches of Malcom X and Martin Luther King;
  • College life and the Freedom Rides;
  • The passing of the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 and the changes that brought about;
  • Affirmative Action and race relations in the Air Force;
  • Work history, marriage, and move to Kalamazoo.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, Howard University, Jack and Jill organization, The Urban League, The Air Force, President Bill Clinton, Jackie Robinson, Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


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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24 pages

Interview with Byron Foster, Part 1