Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:03am
Patricia Horne McGee was born in 1946 in Ypsilanti, where she attended Perry Elementary and Ypsilanti High School. She recalls the mutual support and accomplishments of many childhood friends and neighbors, and reflects on rising tensions between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Horne McGee has two master's degrees from the University of Michigan and UCLA. She taught child development and social work for fifteen years at Ferris State College and Mercy College. After leaving academia, she worked for the Wayne County Intermediate School District and she was director of Head Start for Washtenaw County.
Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:00am
Lois Allen-Richardson was born in 1942 in Ypsilanti, where she remembers attending Harriet Street School and spending time at Parkridge Center. As a young adult, she worked briefly at Goodman’s Fashion Center in the heart of Ypsilanti’s Black business district. Allen-Richardson is an ordained minister and served as a missionary in Haiti and Trinidad. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Ypsilanti City Council, where she has been a strong advocate for the city’s south side. In June 2020, she became Ypsilanti’s first Black woman mayor after the resignation of her predecessor.
Ann Arbor News, April 22, 1997
Women of the Palm Leaf Club, from left, include Mary A. Taylor, corresponding secretary, Peggy A. Harrison, assistant recording secretary, Linda Francois, president, Paulette Dozier, treasurer, Valerie Eaglin, vice president, Mary Louise Foley, parliamentarian and Ruthe Marshall, historian.
Thu, 06/04/2020 - 1:03pm
Lola Jones and Carol Gibson are well-known to anyone familiar with Ann Arbor history. Over the past 30 years they have sought out and documented the history of the African American experience in Ann Arbor through a series of projects under the moniker Another Ann Arbor; it is largely through their work that the Ann Arbor African American story is a part of our shared community identity. Lola and Carol stopped by the library to talk with us one day about the work they have done over the years and where they are headed next. They shared with us some of the interesting people and events they have learned about and brought to the community in their television program, their documentaries, and their book. You can now watch one of their documentaries online at aadl.org in our video collection. A Woman's Town was produced in 1991 and tells the story of Ann Arbor through the voices of prominent African American women.
Ann Arbor News, October 22, 1943
The "Jive Bombers," a club of Negro youth, meet weekly at Dunbar Community Center for an evening of dancing and other simple social activities. Negroes of all ages and interests enjoy the hospitality and friendly council of this busy Community Center. Ann Arbor residents are asked to contribute to the support of this agency during the Community War Chest drive here from Nov. 1 through Nov. 3.
Car Wash to Raise Funds for Charitable Projects at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church of Ypsilanti, August 1965 Photographer: Doug Fulton
Ann Arbor News, August 31, 1965
One of three car washes operated by Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church of Ypsilanti which provide employment and pay for support and education for under-privileged teen-agers is shown above. Keeping things busting here is Deacon Elray Lipsey (left) in charge of the congregation's charitable projects. At work are (left to right) Oscar Loveless, John Cameron, Wilson Burton and Irvin Jackson Ricks, and in front Luke Edward and John Loveless.