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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.
2,000 gather outside a J. D. Miller's Cafeteria and Coffee Shop to hear debate on Communism versus Capitalism, April 27, 1950
Ann Arbor News, April 28, 1950
2,000 TURN OUT FOR DEBATE: This is part of the crowd of more than 2,000 persons who gathered outside a State St. cafeteria last nigh in their attempts to hear an off-campus debate, Communism versus Capitalism, between Prof. Preston W. Slosson, and admitted Communist Dr. Herbert J. Phillips. Only 200 persons were able to hear the actual debate, however, because of a fire inspector's ruling limiting occupancy of the building to that number.
Professor Preston W. Slosson and Dr. R. J. Phillips debate Communism versus Capitalism, April 27, 1950
Ann Arbor News, March 1, 1970
Getting Ready Getting some pointer last week for yesterday's semi-final competition for the Class A state debate title were these three Pioneer High School students and their coach, Roger Connor. From left are students David Weston, Steve Miller and Paul Datske, and Connor. The Pioneer varsity debaters may be headed for the state finals.