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AACHM Oral History: Lois Allen-Richardson

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:00am

Lois Allen-Richardson

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

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Elsie Tipton Receives Eye Examination at Parkridge Community Center Info Fair, February 1986

Elsie Tipton Receives Eye Examination at Parkridge Community Center Info Fair, February 1986 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 17, 1986
Caption
Elsie Tipton (left) of the Huron Valley Girl Scout Council undergoes an eye examination administered by nurse Elaine Ray Connell of Catherine McAuley Health Center.

Group Posing with Sharon Newton on Parkridge Community Center Lawn, August 1994

Group Posing with Sharon Newton on Parkridge Community Center Lawn, August 1994 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 7, 1994
Caption
Sharon Newton, bottom right corner, is program director of Parkridge Community Center and sponsor of uNited Youth on the Move.

Blood Pressure Check at Parkridge Community Center, November 1987

Blood Pressure Check at Parkridge Community Center, November 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, November 4, 1987
Caption
TIME OUT FOR HEALTH - The Washtenaw County Health Department set up a health resource table to answer health-related questions and to offer free blood pressure checks Tuesday at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti. At left, public health nurse Betty Dove checks Edward Allen's blood pressure.

Kids Play Foozball At Parkridge Community Center Halloween Party, October 1983

Kids Play Foozball At Parkridge Community Center Halloween Party, October 1983 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, November 1, 1983
Caption
Strange sights and fun doings abounded throughout the county Monday night. Above, 'crooks' Lawrence and Terrance Reed, 7 and 4, and Malikkah Harris enjoyed a Foozball game at a Halloween Party sponsored by the Ypsilanti Recreation Department.

Health Screening at Parkridge Community Center Information Fair, February 1986

Health Screening at Parkridge Community Center Information Fair, February 1986 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 17, 1986
Caption
Connell (left) helps George Goodman fill out a questionnaire as part of the health screening program at the fair. Goodman's wife, Thelma, co-founder of the area's first community center, also takes part.