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Ruth Ellis, along with author Edna Ferber and Native American activist Margaret Mary Chandler, have been selected for induction to The Michigan’s Women’s Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Michigan Women’s Studies Association. The induction
will occur in Lansing on October 21 at the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Awards Dinner.
The Ruth Ellis Center released news of the induction on July 23, which would have been the activist’s 110th birthday.
The center was created to honor the life and work of Ellis, who died in 2000 and is remembered as a treasured member of Detroit’s LGBT community. Ruth was an out lesbian of color at a time when very few people of any class or ethnicity were out. During her life she was an entrepreneur, a nurturer and a role model for many, whether white, black, gay, straight, young or old.
The center serves LGBT youth in the metro Detroit area with housing, programming and guidance. Ellis lived to see the center open at its original location in Detroit. The center now resides in Highland Park.
For more information concerning the center, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org.
For more information about the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, visit http://www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.