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  • Collection: Speaking Out: Western Michigan Civil Rights Oral Histories
Go to Steeve Buckridge audio interview and transcription item page

Steeve Buckridge was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He became a professor at Grand Valley State University several years ago. He is an Associate Professor of African and Caribbean History and Associate Faculty in African and African American Studies.…
Go to Jean Englehart audio interview and transcript item page

Jeanne was raised in Atlanta, Michigan. She is a successful business women in the West Michigan area. She discusses how she became the successful woman that she is today.
Go to Donald Cullen audio interview and transcript item page

Donald Cullen grew up near Royal Oak, Michigan. After being in the 4th Marine division on Iwo Jima, he was stationed in Hawaii before returning to Michigan. Donald now lives in Whitehall, Michigan, near his daughters. His love for the game of golf is…
Go to Arlene Akker audio interview and transcript item page

Arlene Akker is a teacher at Muskegon High school. She was born and raised in Muskegon Heights. She discusses racism and diversity growing up in Muskegon
Go to Judith Claytor audio interview and transcript item page

Judith Claytor was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in sociology/social work. She discusses the racial and religious differences between living in Grand Rapids and Washington D.C. and…
Go to Joseph Cospito audio interview and transcript item page

Joseph Cospito likes working on his house, playing with his children, being a stay at home dad, and listening to books on audio tape. He is a retired science professor who is married to an episcopal priest. He discusses growing up in the fifties in…
Go to Ryan Cronk audio interview and transcript item page

Ryan Cronk is a student at Grand Valley State University, double majoring in Accounting and Economics. Ryan is an active member of the LGBT community as well as the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Ryan passionately works to educate others on LGBT issues…
Go to Ivo Soljan audio interview and transcript item page

Ivo Soljan compares and contrasts the different countries that he has lived in.
Go to Colette Seguin Beighley audio interview and transcript, interview 2 item page

Colette Seguin-Beighley was born in Oakland, California. She attended California State University, Haworth. She is a liscensed counsoler in California and Michigan. She discusses her activism with the Grand Valley State University LGBT Resource…
Go to Debra Sawinski audio interview and transcript item page

Debra Sawinski discusses how she started the first all girls track team at her high school and the struggles that came along with in.
Go to Robert Robson audio interview and transcript item page

Robert Robson is a military veteran who was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He signed a contract with the navy in 1962 and spent 4 years in active duty and 2 years in the inactive reserves. He has a lot of memories from his time in the navy and…
Go to Richard Robinson audio interview and transcript, interview 1 item page

Richard Robinson is a 26 year old homosexual who grew up in Clarkston, MI. He attended Oakland Community College from 2003-2005 and GVSU as an undergrad from 2005-2008. His undergrad was in Philosophy and anthropology. He is now a grad student…
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