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AACHM Oral History: Laurita Thomas

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:02am

Laurita Thomas

Laurita Thomas was born in 1950, and her family lived in southwest Detroit and Ontario, California. She attended the University of Michigan and pursued two master’s degrees from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her career, Thomas has pushed for better career opportunities for women and women of color. She worked at U-M for 47 years, eventually serving as Vice President for Human Resources. A survivor of domestic violence, she regularly shares her story and was president of the board of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor.

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Nero Fiddled - Kappa Kappa Gamma & Lambda Chi Alpha, Michigras Parade, April 1956

Nero Fiddled - Kappa Kappa Gamma & Lambda Chi Alpha,  Michigras Parade, April 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 21, 1956
Caption
NERO FIDDLES: Floats in yesterday's parade kicking off Michigras, the U-M student carnival given every two years, had musical themes. This one, based on Roman Emperor Nero and his fiddle, drew a lot of attention.

Updated Exterior Of Jacobson's Building, May 1957 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Updated Exterior Of Jacobson's Building, May 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 11, 1957
Caption
NEW FACE: Jacobson's ladies apparel store at 612 E. Liberty St. presents an exterior face of Bayport stone on the ground floor and an enameled steel paneling set off with aluminum fins along the top level. The change has evolved during a two-year expansion and remodeling program, now being curtailed until later this year.

Jacobson's - Remodeled Sportswear Department, May 1957 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Jacobson's - Remodeled Sportswear Department, May 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 11, 1957
Caption
The sportswear department has been moved to the first floor and doubled in size.