Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 2

Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 2


Dr. Charles Warfield


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Sierra Moore


Part 2 of two part interview with Dr. Charles Warfield recorded on February 14, 2013. Dr. Warfield is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Sierra Moore 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:

  • The Black Power Movement (in California and Oregon);
  • Social justice and social activism;
  • Non-violent vs. militant resistance;
  • His father’s influence and connections in the Kalamazoo community;
  • His mother’s temper and her positive relationship with her grandchildren;
  • Individual vs. systems approach to combatting racial inequality;
  • Discovering racial systems in high school;
  • Education and the black community in Kalamazoo;
  • The Kalamazoo Promise;
  • Saving money/ money as an “equalizer”;
  • The importance of family and community;
  • Kalamazoo pride.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Borgess Hospital, Bronson Hospital, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi


African American Studies | Education | Oral History | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History | Social Justice | Social Policy


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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29 pages

Interview with Dr. Charles Warfield, Part 2