Speaking Out: Western Michigan Civil Rights Oral Histories

Kristine Skippergosh audio interview 1 and transcript

Kristine Skippergosh is a junior at Grand Valley State University. She is of Native American descent and her father works for the city of Wyoming in Michigan. She discussed the difficulties her father faced regarding race in his early years, as well…
Jacqueline Decker audio interview and transcript

Born March, 3rd 1959 to parents Richard and Eve Holland. Youngest of three children with brothers Gary and Terry. Grew up in Grand Rapids, graduating from Crestwood high school. She then continued her education at Central Michigan University with a…
Cynthia Mader audio interview and transcript

Cynthia Mader is an outstanding woman who is an advocate for the advancement of civil rights for the LGBTQ community in the West Michigan area, as well as a professor in Grand Valley State University's College of Education. Recently, Cynthia was…
Jordan Serla audio interview and transcript

Jordan Serla discusses growing up gay in a small town.
Mankind of Struggle, The

Bryce Kyle sings a song entitled "The Mankind of Struggle." He is accompanied by guitar.
Raymond McVeigh audio interview and transcript

Raymond McVeigh discusses his involvement with the Pro-Life movement as a Catholic.
Doug van Doren audio interview and transcript

Doug van Doren is a pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ and he is involved with the community in a number of areas. In this interview he describes experiences of discretionary practices and prejudice toward people of color in the West Michigan…
Anthony Moore audio interview and transcript

This is an interview conducted to evaluate the successes, failures, and impact of the civil rights movement at home and abroad; as well as the prospect of how one man wishes to make an impact while serving his community as a future law enforcement…
James Morton audio interview and transcript

James Morton talks about his family"
Robert Perra audio interview and transcript

Robert Perra discusses his perception of the history of civil rights in western Michigan.
Lucia Rios audio interview and transcript

Lucia Rios discusses her experiences with Spina Bifida and life in western Michigan.
Colette Seguin-Beighley audio interview and transcript, interview 1

Colette Seguin-Beighley is director of the LGBT resource center at Grand Valley State University. She compares her experiences growing up in San Francisco during the civil rights movement with her experiences in West Michigan.

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Speaking Out: Western Michigan Civil Rights Oral Histories


Grand Valley State University. Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies


Collection of oral history recordings documenting the history of civil rights and social justice advocacy in Western Michigan. The collection was created by faculty and students as a project of the LIB 201 (formerly US 201): "Diversity in the U.S." course from 2011-2012.






Speaking Out: Western Michigan Civil Rights Oral History Project (GV248-01)



Civil rights--Michigan--History
Personal narratives
Oral histories
African Americans--Personal narratives
Gays--Personal narratives
Lesbians--Personal narratives
Bisexual people--Personal narratives
Transgender people--Personal narratives
Veterans--Personal narratives
Women--Personal narratives
People with disabilities--Personal narratives
Muslims--United States--Personal narratives
Hispanic Americans--Personal narratives
Stereotypes (Social psychology)--Upper Penninsula (Mich.)


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