Interview with Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Part 1

Interview with Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Part 1


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Lauren Perlaki


Part 1 of two part interview with Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran recorded on April 27, 2015. Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran is interviewed by Kalamazoo College student Lauren Perlaki 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. Wilson-Oyelaran discusses the following topics:

  • Eileen’s experiences growing up in a G.I. community;
  • Best childhood memories;
  • Experiencing the Watts Riots during her childhood;
  • Changes within the city that the Watts Riots encouraged;
  • Why Eileen attended a private Catholic high school;
  • Eileen’s first experience attending Girl Scout Camp;
  • Experiences while coming of age during the Civil Rights era;
  • Why Eileen chose to study sociology, and how it impacted her later education;
  • Hearing Dr. Martin Luther King speak;
  • Eileen’s experiences while studying abroad in England and how they have impacted her;
  • The Thomas J. Watson Travelling Fellowship;
  • How living in Nigeria differed from living in the United States.

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Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Engaging the Wisdom


Oral History, Kalamazoo Michigan, African American History, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Teamsters Union, NAACP, Stokely Carmichael, Ron Karenga, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy


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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22 pages

Interview with Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Part 1



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