William Hampton was born in 1948 in Tyler, Texas, and his grandmother was the midwife. He remembers attending church revival picnics, the Texas Rose Festival, and the Juneteenth parade in his hometown. While attending college in Arlington, Texas, he was active in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He went on to launch a Section 8 subsidized housing program in Arlington and in Ann Arbor, where he worked in the community development office. Mr. Hampton has been president of the Ann Arbor chapter of the NAACP since 2005.
Ann Arbor News, April 26, 1958
Alpha Phi and Theta Xi put Dutch dancers under blue skies
Melvin Miller Leads The EMU Gospel Choir In Song At A Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony - January 20, 1992 Photographer: Ken Kwok
Ann Arbor News, January 21, 1992
Melvin Miller leads the Eastern Michigan University Gospel Choir in a song commemorating the late Martin Luther King Jr. during a Monday afternoon ceremony at the King Plaza on the EMU campus. The event was sponsored by fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha.
David Northcross was born in 1937 and grew up in north central Detroit. His grandfather David C. Northcross Sr. established the first Black-owned hospital in Detroit, Mercy General Hospital, in 1917. His grandmother, father, and aunt also worked at the hospital. Interested in pursuing a different path, David Northcross graduated from Michigan State University and joined the Marine Corps. He was one of three or four other Black officers at Camp Pendleton in California. After a few years, he and his wife Shirley moved back to Detroit and Northcross started his lifelong career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.
David Northcross was interviewed in partnership with the Museum of African American History of Detroit and Y Arts Detroit in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.
Thomas Bass, Founder of Huron Valley Boys & Girls Club Is Honored, March 11, 1991 Photographer: Mark Mueller
Ypsilanti Press, March 11, 1991
Bass is a founder and longtime board member of the Huron Valley Boys and Girls Club.