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AACHM Oral History: Dolores and James Turner

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:05am

Dolores TurnerDolores Preston Turner was born in Ann Arbor in the early 1940s, and her family lived in a small historically Black neighborhood on Woodlawn Avenue. She graduated from Ann Arbor High School, where she met her future husband, James Turner. She remembers moving into their first apartment in Pittsfield Village as a result of fair housing protests in Ann Arbor in the 1960s. Turner has two master’s degrees and she taught English at Huron High School for 30 years. Dolores and James celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September 2021.

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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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AACHM Oral History: Sharon Gillespie

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 10:53am

Sharon Gillespie

Sharon Gillespie was born in 1945 and raised by her grandmother in Oklahoma before moving to Ann Arbor with her mother at age nine. She remembers redlining in Ann Arbor and the breakup of the historically Black neighborhood she grew up in. She helped raise two younger sisters while her mother attended ophthalmology school at the University of Michigan. Gillespie excelled in her career as a typesetter at local businesses. After retiring, she has been active in volunteering at homeless shelters and hospice programs. She was married to Raymond Gillespie for 21 years. 

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9
Month
January
Year
1988
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Courtyard Display At Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Celebrates His Birthday, January 1973 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Courtyard Display At Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Celebrates His Birthday, January 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 16, 1973
Caption
A courtyard display and an assembly yesterday at Ann Arbor's Martin Luther King School commemorated the birth of the assassinated civil rights leader for whom the school is named. Dr. King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga., and slain April 4, 1969, in Memphis, Tenn. The figure at left represents Dr. King and the others his followers. Students posed for the latter last year. Depicted are two brothers and a sister of three of those who posed. From left are Kenneth Caldwell, Claudia Hampton and Brian Taylor. (News photo by Eck Stanger)

Martin Luther King Memorial Marchers On South University Ave, January 1987 Photographer: Nat Ehrlich

Martin Luther King Memorial Marchers On South University Ave, January 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 20, 1987
Caption
Memorial March - Marchers in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti braved chilly winds and falling snow as they joined countless thousands across the land Monday in ceremonies honoring the late Martin Luther King on the national holiday marking his birthday. In the top photo, the Ann Arbor march begins and proceeds along South University.

Martin Luther King Memorial Marchers On South University Ave, January 1987 Photographer: Nat Ehrlich

Martin Luther King Memorial Marchers On South University Ave, January 1987 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 20, 1987
Caption
Memorial March - Marchers in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti braved chilly winds and falling snow as they joined countless thousands across the land Monday in ceremonies honoring the late Martin Luther King on the national holiday marking his birthday. In the top photo, the Ann Arbor march begins and proceeds along South University.