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Black History

Gilmore L. Phillips, ca. 1927

Gilmore L. Phillips, ca. 1927
North Side Interest, September 1927. Courtesy, WMU Archives


Video Presentations


KPL librarian Matt Smith discusses the history of redlining, racially restrictive covenants, and segregation in Kalamazoo. Learn how the federal government and the city of Kalamazoo successfully financed white homeownership while instituting black segregation, how this specifically showed up and changed Kalamazoo, and how this history lives on today in Kalamazoo housing policies. Presented Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at The Douglass Community Center.