Interview with Caldin Street, Part 2

Interview with Caldin Street, Part 2


Caldin Street


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Craig Isser


Part 2 of two part interview with Caldin Street recorded on March 12, 2013. 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:

  • Attending Loy Norrix High School and the racism she experienced as one of the first black students to attend after integration;
  • Singing as a form of therapy at school;
  • Transitioning from Kalamazoo to Detroit;
  • Civil Rights action and involvement with the NAACP;
  • Experiences with riots in Detroit after the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination;
  • Civil Rights and the music industry;
  • Traveling as a means of education and experience;
  • Going on tour with Dick Clark Caravan of Stars after graduating high school and experiencing discrimination in the South;
  • The powerful role of historical figures such as Rosa Parks and Emmett Till;
  • Forgiveness as a means of healing and surviving constant discrimination and hatred.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Loy Norrix High School, United Nations, Van Avery’s, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, Barack Obama


African American Studies | Music | 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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23 pages

Interview with Caldin Street, Part 2