Interview with Byron Foster, Part 2

Interview with Byron Foster, Part 2


Byron Foster


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Hannah Bogard


Part 2 of two part interview with Byron Foster recorded on February 5, 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:

  • Memories of attending Howard University;
  • Memories of speaker series at Howard including Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Bayard Rustin;
  • Story of housing situation motivating involvement in the Civil Rights Movement;
  • Description of Washington D.C. having a large black population due to government jobs;
  • Memories of strong friendships developed at Howard;
  • Description of traveling abroad serving in the Air Force;
  • Memories of mentoring work with students at KVCC;
  • Description of hope to start a youth-oriented program in Kalamazoo encouraging higher education.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Howard University, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, Stokely Carmichael, Donna Odom


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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30 pages

Interview with Byron Foster, Part 2



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