Browse Items (46 total)

  • Collection: Speaking Out: Western Michigan Civil Rights Oral Histories
Go to Anna Fisk audio interview and transcript item page

Anna Fisk was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an advocate and activist. She discusses growing up being lesbian in a Christian household.
Go to Anthony Moore audio interview and transcript item page

This is an interview conducted to evaluate the successes, failures, and impact of the civil rights movement at home and abroad
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 Christian Vannier audio interview and transcript item page

Christian Vannier discusses the civil rights differences between western and eastern Michigan. In particular, he draws on his experiences at Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University.
Go to Christina McAllister audio interview and transcript item page

Christina McAllister grew up in Lowell, Michigan. She was raised in a Christian home. She discusses her interracial relationship.
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 Colette Seguin-Beighley audio interview and transcript, interview 1 item page

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.
Go to Cynthia Mader audio interview and transcript item page

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…
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 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 Doug van Doren audio interview and transcript item page

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…
Go to Esiloza Omoh audio interview and transcript item page

Esiloza Omoh was born in Legos, Nigeria, raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Grand Valley State University. She graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science. She discusses her experiences with discrimination because of the color of her skin.
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