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Wilson Brothers Play Basketball Behind Parkridge Community Center, June 1998 Photographer: Larry E. Wright

Wilson Brothers Play Basketball Behind Parkridge Community Center, June 1998 image
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Ann Arbor News, June 20, 1998
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THE WILSON FINALS - From left, the Wilson brothers, Ersell, 9, Joe, 10, and LaJon, 12, all of Ypsilanti, enjoy a friendly game of hot-weather basketball on the court behind Parkridge Center in Ypsilanti.
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AACHM Oral History: Mike Bass

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 3:45pm

Mike BassMichael Thomas Bass was born in 1945 to Thomas and Louise Bass. His parents–a doctor and a teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. Bass excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was senior class president of Ypsilanti High School in 1963. He received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Bass is best known for playing in the National Football League for the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from the NFL, Bass ran a resort in the Bahamas. He and his wife Rosita now reside in Florida and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Louise.

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AACHM Oral History: Patricia Horne McGee

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:03am

Patricia Horne McGeePatricia 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.

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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 Photographer: Tom Marks

Elsie Tipton Receives Eye Examination at Parkridge Community Center Info Fair, February 1986 image
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Ann Arbor News, February 17, 1986
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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.