Celebrating Black History. Eliminating Racism.

Black History.


Our Mission

SHARE has a dual mission of educating the community on the importance of our region’s African American heritage and fostering connections and conversations on race and providing awareness of racism and the broad societal benefits of its elimination. We engage in the research and documentation of the history of African American’s in Kalamazoo as well as acting as a clearinghouse for information on activities and services in our region that center on racial equity.

Chiante’ Lymon

Executive Director

Read the August 2021 issue of Encore magazine featuring Chiante’ Lymon

Race in America:
The 400-Year Journey
History Workshop Series

Winter SHARE Out

Celebrating Black History Year Round Read SHARE upcoming events. Click here for SHARE Out Winter 2020 Newsletter (PDF)Winter SHshare-out-January 2020ARE Out

Learn More

“Social Justice Organizations in Kalamazoo, MI” is a documentary series developed by Tirrea Billings that aims to showcase the different social justice organizations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, their impact on the community, and how community members can get involved.

Episode 3 is about the Society for History and Racial Equity. (SHARE) Take a few minutes and learn more about our mission and how we’re working to change hearts and minds in our community.


  • Recipient of a 400 Years of African American History Commission Grant for 2020
  • Recipient of the 2019 Westminster Presbyterian Peace Prize
  • Funded by grants from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Stryker Johnston Foundation, the Okun Foundation, and generous support from individual donors.


Youth Summit Zoom Video

SHARE Organizational Racial Healing Program
Presenter: Joan Hawxhurst

Click to read the SHARE Organizational Racial Healing Program (PDF)

Joan Hawxhurst

Joan Hawxhurst

Joan Hawxhurst is an experienced administrator who builds organizations and programs aimed at bringing people together around shared concerns. She has founded a national organization for interfaith families, led the development of Kalamazoo County’s Reading Together program, and directed Kalamazoo College’s career center. She currently serves as SHARE’s racial healing coordinator and acts as liaison to Truth, Racial Healing and Reconciliation (TRHT) Kalamazoo, through which she has been trained as a racial healing circle practitioner.

In addition to her work with SHARE, Joan currently serves as coordinator of Hope for Creation, a grassroots inter-religious group working to encourage and support faith-based action on climate justice in greater Kalamazoo. She is also a facilitator-in-preparation through the Center for Courage and Renewal, a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, a member of the first ISAAC Healing Whiteness cohort, and a co-chair of Temple B’nai Israel’s Social Action Committee. She holds a BA (Virginia Tech) and a MA (Yale University) in international relations.