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Donna Odom

Executive Director - Staff

Donna Odom is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. at Kalamazoo College and her M.A. at Loyola University of Chicago. She founded the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society in 2003. She retired from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in 2010, where she coordinated history programs and special projects.

Donna was a member of the steering committee for the Southwest Michigan RACE Exhibit Initiative, is a board member of the Kalamazoo County Historical Society, the Historical Society of Michigan, and the Michigan Oral History Association. She writes and lectures on regional African American history and the Underground Railroad.

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