Raymond G. Mullins Papers: 1953-2010 (Majority of material found within 1970-1990)
Summary Information
Title: Raymond G. Mullins Papers
Creator: Mullins, Raymond G., 1943-
Dates: 1953-2010 (Majority of material found within 1970-1990)
Extent: 4.75 linear feet (in 5 boxes), 842 KB (online)
Abstract:
Ypsilanti, Michigan attorney active in community affairs, particularly in areas of civil rights and minority education. President of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch, 1981-1982 and 1987 to 1998. Correspondence, papers associated with his involvement in NAACP activities, documents relating to judgeship candidacy in 1992, printed material culled from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations, and papers documenting service to Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Call number: 9919 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Kathy L. Steiner, February 1998 Adriane Hanson, December 2003 Olga Virakhovskaya, June 2013 and Tara Bell, April 2014

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Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Raymond G. Mullins (Donor No. 8765) in 1998-1999, and in 2012-2013.

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Biography

Raymond G. Mullins is an attorney and community leader in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has long been active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including trustee of the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. For two decades, Mullins was instrumental in garnering broad support for the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Under his leadership, the Ypsilanti and Willow Run branches merged, memberships more than doubled, the branch opened an office, youth programs thrived, and the organization won several awards at the national level for programming excellence.

Born in Detroit in 1943, Mullins grew up in Ypsilanti. After graduation from Ypsilanti High School, he studied economics and labor law at Howard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. From 1966 to 1970, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Following honorable discharge, Mullins returned to Michigan to earn a law degree in 1973 at the University of Michigan. Since then he has practiced law in Ypsilanti and was a judicial candidate for the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in 1992.

During the early 1970s, Mullins was a leading force in integrating Perry School, the last segregated school in the city of Ypsilanti, becoming involved with the NAACP soon after opening his law practice in 1974. Active in branch committee work throughout the seventies, including membership, public relations, and education, he brought in new members, raised funds, and increased visibility for the organization by also working at the state level. Mullins served as president from 1981 to 1982 and again from 1987 to 1998. At the heart of his leadership was the belief that NAACP membership should include a cross section of the community -- business leaders, politicians, chamber of commerce members, area ministers. He worked to build a biracial organization and for community-wide response, all but abandoning his law practice after taking the helm. Tackling both controversial and popular issues, Mullins led initiatives in employment and education, stressed the need for children to know and understand their heritage, and encouraged political involvement. It was during his tenure, for example, that advocacy geared toward integrating a previously all-white judiciary in Washtenaw County met with success.

Mullins also built bonds in the community through his participation in Brown Chapel A.M.E. outreach, particularly in promoting and working for the annual Brotherhood Banquet. Originally initiated in 1953, when racial tensions were high, this annual event continues to bring people from across the region together to rededicate themselves to the cause of racial and religious goodwill and tolerance. In 1991 at that event, Mullins received the Service Award from Brown Chapel. The prior year he was named Man of the Year by Detroit's Minority Women's Network and won the Community Involvement Award from the Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce.

Although Mullins retired from the presidency of NAACP in 1998, he continues to carry on a family tradition of community involvement, even as he directs more of his energy toward his law practice. Both of his parents believed it was important to give something back to the community. In that tradition, and in their honor, Mullins established the Glenn and Laura L. Mullins Community Foundation, designed to advance educational opportunities for minority students.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Raymond G. Mullins papers are mainly comprised of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People material; papers related to his Washtenaw judgeship candidacy in 1992; printed material from Martin Luther King Day celebrations; and documents representing his years of service to Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The 4.75 linear feet collection covers the years 1953 to 2010 and are arranged into the following series:

Political and Professional Activities

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Organization Affiliations

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Ypsilanti.
  • Civil rights -- Michigan -- Ypsilanti.
  • Ypsilanti (Mich.) -- Race relations.
  • African Americans -- Civil rights.
  • Photographs.
  • Mullins, Raymond G., 1943-
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch.
  • Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
  • Mullins, Raymond G., 1943-
  • Ali, Muhammad, 1942-
  • Riegle, Donald W., 1938-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal and Political [series]

The Political and Professional series (1.5 linear feet) includes biographical material such as resumes and newspaper articles about Mullins, material documenting his 1992 judgeship candidacy, and correspondence. Also part of this series are several files covering the Fulton Eaglin campaign in 1994 to succeed William Ford in Congress. (Eaglin lost in the primary to Lynn Rivers.)

Researchers interested in his legal career will find the candidacy files of interest, particularly the photocopy of the completed State Bar of Michigan questionnaire and the letters of support. There are also folders concerning legal organizations Mullins was involved in, including the Vanzetti M. Hamilton Bar Association, Washtenaw County Bar Association, Washtenaw County Black Bar Association, and the Ypsilanti Bar Association. Another item of interest involving Mullin's legal career is the By-Laws and stock certificate of his practice. Finally, the series includes Mullin's Business Expansion Plan.

The series also contains a section entitled "Personalities" which is organized by the name of the person Mullins associated with and/or about whom he collected information. These files primarily contain newspaper clippings; however some also include correspondence, resumes, event invitations, and biographical information. For example, the folder for Congressman Bill Ford contains correspondence between Ford and Mullins, along with invitations to events. Many of the people included are figures in the Ypsilanti community. Others are state and national figures. Of particular interest are autographed collectors cards of Muhammad Ali. Together, these files create a profile of contemporaries that may have influenced Mullin's work.

The miscellaneous folder contains President Shelton's (of Eastern Michigan University) remarks at a 1992 Board of Regents meeting. It also contains a newsletter of the Unity Church of Inkster and Mullin's nomination for the Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Award.

Box   1  
Biographical Data

(resumes, newspaper articles, applications for law experiences)

Box   1  
Candidacy: Washtenaw County Judgeship 1992
Box   1  
Community Awards 1999
Box   1  
Correspondence  (bulk 1990s)
 
Fulton Eaglin Campaign 1994
Box   1  
Correspondence
Box   1  
Issues
Box   1  
Notes
Box   1  
Personalities
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Legal Committee Work 1994-1995
Box   1  
Miscellaneous newspaper articles 1999-2000
Box   1  
Obituaries 1953-1992

(includes tribute to Laura Mullins)

Box   1  
By-Laws of Raymond G. Mullins Attorney at Law P.C. and stock certificate
Box   1  
Committee on the Judiciary
Box   1  
Committee to Retain Justice Mallett
Box   1  
Correspondence 1980s-1990s (2 folders)
Box   1  
Court cases
Box   5  
Expansion business plan
Box   5  
Letter to the Editor
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
Box   5  
Newspaper clippings (3 folders)
 
Personalities

(collected material)

Box   5  
Adams, Charles G.
Box   5  
Ali, Muhammad
Box   5  
Allen, Janet
Box   5  
Anderson, N. Charles
Box   5  
Anthony, Wendell
Box   5  
Archer, Dennis
Box   5  
Ashe, Arthur
Box   5  
Bailey, Tekeshia
Box   5  
Ball, Eric
Box   5  
Barfield, John
Box   5  
Barron, Wendell
Box   5  
Beatty, Charles
Box   5  
Braun, Carol Moseley
Box   5  
Breyer, Stephen
Box   5  
Brown, Kenneth
Box   5  
Brown, Shirley
Box   5  
Brown, Tony
Box   5  
Bullard, Perry
Box   5  
Burton, John
Box   5  
Campbell, Ross W.
Box   5  
Chandler, Patsy
Box   5  
Chavis, Benjamin
Box   5  
Clinton, Bill
Box   5  
Cleveland, Clyde
Box   5  
Collins, Barbara-Rose
Box   5  
Collins, John B.
Box   5  
Conlin, Patrick J.
Box   5  
Connors, Timothy
Box   5  
Conyers Jr., John
Box   5  
Cooper, Ron
Box   5  
Cosby, Bill
Box   5  
Cress, George
Box   5  
Crockett, George
Box   5  
Davis, Fred
Box   5  
Drain, Gershwin
Box   5  
Duderstadt, James J.
Box   5  
Dukes, Joseph
Box   5  
Elders, Joycelyn
Box   5  
Engler, John
Box   5  
Evers-Williams, Myrlie
Box   5  
Farrakhan, Louis
Box   5  
Ferguson, Joel
Box   5  
Fink, Karl
Box   5  
Foley, Mary L.
Box   5  
Ford, Bill (2 folders)
Box   5  
Francis, Nancy C.
Box   5  
Fuller, A. Oveta
Box   5  
Fulton, John
Box   5  
Gilsdorf, Herbert
Box   5  
Goodman, George
Box   5  
Grimes, Ralph W.
Box   5  
Guinier, Lani
Box   5  
Haller, Donald T.
Box   5  
Hatter, Jerry
Box   5  
Higginbotham Jr., A. Leon
Box   5  
Hocks, Benjamin
Box   5  
Howard-Pritchett, Ethel
Box   5  
Jackson, Jesse
Box   5  
Joiner, Charles
Box   5  
Jones, James Earl
Box   5  
Keith, Damon T.
Box   5  
Kirkendall, John
Box   5  
LaPlata, George
Box   5  
Levin, Carl
Box   5  
Lightfoot, Albert
Box   5  
Logan, Benjamin
Box   5  
Mackie, Brian
Box   5  
Malcolm X
Box   5  
Mallett, Conrad
Box   5  
Marable, Manning
Box   5  
Marshall, Albert P.
Box   5  
Marshall, Thurgood
Box   5  
Mattson, Ann
Box   5  
McKeown, L.J.
Box   5  
Mfume, Kweisi
Box   5  
Monaghan, Thomas
Box   5  
Moorman, Ruth
Box   5  
Morris, Melinda
Box   5  
Morrison, Toni
Box   5  
Murdock, Peter
Box   5  
Newton, Sharon
Box   5  
Nicholas, Denise
Box   5  
Parks, Rosa
Box   5  
Patrick, Deval
Box   5  
Perot, Ross
Box   5  
Perry, Lowell
Box   5  
Person-Brown, Dr. Deloisteen
Box   5  
Peterson, Ronnie
Box   5  
Pollack, Lana
Box   5  
Porter, John
Box   5  
Powell, Lloyd
Box   5  
Profit, Kirk
Box   5  
Quayle, Dan
Box   5  
Reynolds, Nanette
Box   5  
Richendollar, James
Box   5  
Riegle Jr., Donald W.
Box   5  
Shea, Thomas
Box   5  
Shelton, Donald
Box   5  
Simpson, O.J.
Box   5  
Smith, Alma
Box   5  
Stephens, Cynthia
Box   5  
Strong, Jerome
Box   5  
Stumbo, Brenda
Box   5  
Tanter, Raymond
Box   5  
Thomas, Clarence
Box   5  
Turner, Tom
Box   5  
Widgeon, Betty
Box   5  
Wilder, Kurtis
Box   5  
Williams, Harry
Box   5  
Williams, LaRon
Box   5  
Wolpe, Howard
Box   5  
Woods, Ronald
Box   5  
Yomtoob, Youssef "Joe"
Box   5  
Yuille, Levon
Box   5  
Zuhlke, David
Box   5  
Report on practice
Box   5  
Vanzetti M. Hamilton Bar Association
Box   5  
Washtenaw County Bar Association
Box   5  
Washtenaw County Black Bar Association
Box   5  
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Box   5  
Ways and Means Committee
Box   5  
Yes Michigan! Yes Willow Run! (General Motors Willow Run Assembly Plant)
Box   5  
Ypsilanti Bar Association
 
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch [series]

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People series (1 linear foot) is comprised mainly of events that they organized and meeting materials. Documents in folders Mullins labeled "Memorabilia" include education committee papers regarding desegregation in Ypsilanti schools, state conference activities, news clippings and an occasional copy of meeting minutes. Also of note is a folder with a brief historical sketch and photocopied articles on the history of the organization. Among the later is a July 1919 reprint from Crisis Magazine which discussed NAACP recruiting in the Midwest. Ypsilanti experiences are featured, along with Detroit, Cleveland, and other industrial cities. The series also holds letters to Congressman William Ford urging that a national holiday be declared to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and a collection of programs and clippings from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations. The photographs are of Mullins with Muhammad Ali in 1992 and Don Rieglie in 1993, both autographed.

The series also contains materials of the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-So) competition. There are balance sheets, correspondence, fliers, grant applications, a news article, and programs about the event. Events that have limited material, including the Radioathon and C. Eugene Beatty Golf Classic, are included in the "miscellaneous events" folder. The individual event folders contain correspondence about the event, fliers, and meeting minutes.

A folder that may hold particular interest is the "officer elections" folder, which includes a list of officers for election in 1994 and nomination forms from the 1990 election.

A significant portion of the collection is comprised of meeting materials. In order to maintain the original order of the collection, the executive and general membership meetings have been grouped together. Meeting materials include notes, agendas, minutes, brochures, reports (treasurer, finance, and presidential reports), and sign in sheets. Assuming that they were distributed during meetings, fliers and brochures were kept in their original order and filed with the meeting materials.

Another large part of the series is membership information and includes membership lists from different committees and years.

Box   1  
History Notes
Box   1  
Martin Luther King Day 1985-1996 (11 folders)
Box   1  
Memorabilia 1974-1982, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000-2001 (8 folders)
Box   1  
Correspondence 1976, 1985, 1990-2001
Box   1  
Photographs 1992-1993

(Muhammed Ali, Don Rieglie)

Box   1  
Million Man March, 1995
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Dinner 1991, 1993 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Freedom Fund and Scholarship Dinner 1999
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Reception 1999
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Banquet 2000-2002
 
Local branches
Box   1  
Ann Arbor 2001
Box   1  
Western Wayne County 2000
 
Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church [series]

The Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church series (1.5 linear feet and 842 KB) illustrates the rich history of the church and of Mullins' commitment to it. Among the documents are anniversary programs, board minutes, correspondence, newspaper articles, and materials concerning their involvement in civil rights programs. The annual Brotherhood Banquet is particularly well documented, with eight folders of planning material, programs, press releases, and clippings.

The bulk of the series contains minutes and agendas from the various committees that Mullins was involved with. The 150th Anniversary Committee has the largest amount of material and contains minutes, correspondence, and fliers. There is also a large amount of material from the Building Committee, which includes architecture drawings, correspondence, and minutes.

The "minutes and agendas" folder contains materials from Trustee meetings, Board meetings, and Church Conference meetings. These committees were grouped together to reflect the original order of the collection. Materials that were interfiled within these minutes and notes, such as correspondence and reports, were kept in their given location.

In addition, the series contains a folder of administrative procedures and information. There is a document of procedures to follow for general vouchers, a list of regular meeting dates for all of the church boards and committees, a list of Brown Chapel ministries, and a draft of bereavement procedures.

Box   1  
History Notes
Box   1  
Martin Luther King Day 1985-1996 (11 folders)
Box   1  
Memorabilia 1974-1982, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000-2001 (8 folders)
Box   1  
Correspondence 1970s-2001
Box   1  
Photographs 1992-1993

(Muhammed Ali, Don Rieglie)

Box   1  
Million Man March, 1995
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Banquet 2000-2002
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Committee
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Dinner 1991, 1993 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Freedom Fund and Scholarship Dinner 1999
Box   1  
Freedom Fund Reception 1999
 
Local branches
Box   1  
Ann Arbor 2001
Box   1  
Western Wayne County 2000
Box   3  
Adopted Calendar of Events 1993, 1995
 
Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)
Box   3  
Balance sheet 2003
Box   3  
Correspondence 1997
Box   3  
Fliers 1996-1997
Box   3  
Grant applications
Box   3  
News article 1995
Box   3  
Programs 1995-2003
Box   3  
Agreement between Michigan Department of Public Health and NAACP 1991
Box   3  
Annual Conventions 1994-1996
Box   3  
Annual Finance Report Summary 2000
Box   3  
Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Information Bulletins
Box   3  
Black History Month Program 2004-2005
Box   3  
Budgets 1991-1995
Box   3  
Cabaret 1995
Box   3  
Coloring book
Box   3  
Constitutions and By-Laws
Box   3  
Education Forum agenda 1994
Box   3  
Financial Policies/Procedures (Western Wayne County Branch)
Box   3  
Judge Clarence Thomas nomination 1991
Box   3  
List of committees for year 1995-1996
Box   3  
Meeting materials 1990-2004

(folders 1 through 7)

Box   4  
Meeting materials 1990-2004

(folders 8 through 11)

  Online  
Meeting materials 2001

(Executive and General Membership meeting minutes from July 2001 for the Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch of the NAACP, along with a list of those holding life memberships in the organization.)

(.ZIP file) [view item]
 
Membership information
Box   4  
Executive Committee 1995-1996
Box   4  
Life Membership File 1994
Box   4  
MBO 1993-1994
Box   4  
Roster Report 2001-2002 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Roster Report 2003-2004
Box   4  
Membership Summary Report 2002
Box   4  
Michigan Mobilizer 1995
Box   4  
Midwest Region III Training Conference
Box   4  
Miscellaneous events
  Online  
Miscellaneous materials related to the 'Fight for Freedom' banquet and Midwest Region III Training Conference 2000-2001

(Promotional materials for the 'Fight for Freedom' banquet hosted by the Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch of the NAACP on October 14, 2000, along with notes from the 2001 Midwest Region III Training Conference.)

(.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   4  
National organization publications (2 folders)
Box   4  
News release 1993
Box   4  
Officer elections
Box   4  
Petitions
Box   4  
Ray Mullins Thank You Event
Box   4  
Requests from students for funding
Box   4  
Resolutions 1995
Box   4  
"Salt of the Earth" Family Project
Box   4  
Teen Violence Project
Box   4  
Veterans Community Working Group
Box   4  
Washington Coalition (March in Washington D.C.)
 
Organization Affiliations [series]

The Organization Affiliations series (0.75 linear feet) includes papers, newspaper clippings, and publications from the many organizations Mullins was active in. Organizations include religious, political, legal, and community groups, with an emphasis on African American groups. Mullins was involved with local fraternities and sororities, including Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Rho Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Psi Omega Chapter. There are folders in the series that contain fliers of events Mullins participated in and attended that were held by these organizations.

The series also contains information on Loyal Opposition to the Status Quo, of which Mullins was the President and founder. This section contains an article written by Mullins, an agenda, history of the organization, budget, calendar, and a member list.

The Miscellaneous community events and organizations folders contain brochures and programs of multiple events and organizations. Mullins relationships with these organizations are unknown. However, these organizations may have been affiliated with his own in some way since many of them concern social issues in Washtenaw County.

Finally, the series contains correspondence, an organizational chart, fliers, and minutes of the Glenn and Laura L. Mullins Community Foundation, Inc. Mullins served as the President of this organization.

Box   2  
African American Development Institute 1989-1991
Box   2  
African American Organizations 1981-1988
Box   2  
African Methodist Episcopal Churches, Michigan 1986-1995 with gaps
Box   2  
African Methodist Episcopal Churches, outside Michigan 1991-1994
Box   2  
Baptist Churches 1990-1999

(includes Task Force on Historic Preservation)

Box   2  
Baptist: Huron Valley Missionary Baptist Association
Box   2  
Baptist: Local Black Ministers 1981-1985, 1992-1995
Box   2  
Black History Month 1980-1990, 2000-2001
Box   2  
Black Law Student Association 1975-1990
Box   2  
Christian Groups 1975, 1989, 1994
Box   2  
Correspondence 1972, 1982, 1990-1993

(appreciation for participation in events)

Box   2  
Democratic Party 1986-1993
Box   2  
Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County 1990-1999
 
Fraternities and sororities
Box   2  
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Psi Omega Chapter
Box   2  
Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi
Box   2  
Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Rho Chapter
Box   2  
Glenn and Laura L. Mullins Community Foundation 1998-2000
Box   2  
Greater Ypsilanti Leadership Council, . 1995-1996
Box   2  
Guardians of Washtenaw County 1975-1976

(police relations)

Box   2  
Law Associations 1986-1987, 1991-1996
Box   2  
Literature: African Americans and the Justice System 1974-1975, 1992, 1999
Box   2  
Literature: Discrimination 1994, 1999
Box   2  
Loyal Opposition to the Status Quo, Inc. (LOSQ) 2008-2012
Box   2  
Michigan Association of Black Social Workers 1979, 1990
Box   2  
The Minister's Alliance of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor & Vicinity 1990-1992
Box   2  
Minority Business Owners 1980, 1986, 1999
Box   2  
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. 2001
Box   2  
Newspaper Articles by Mullins 1996
Box   2  
Universities 1980-1990
Box   2  
Operation G.I.T. 1976

(Get it Together)

Box   2  
Washtenaw County Community Action Agency 1998
Box   2  
Youth Associations 1970, 1992-1993, 1999
Box   4  
Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County
Box   4  
Million Man March Association of Washtenaw County
Box   4  
Miscellaneous community events and organizations (4 folders)
Box   4  
Operation Education Classic
Box   4  
People-Organizing-Working-Evolving-Reaching (P.O.W.E.R.) Annual Report (1999) and Articles of Incorporation
Box   4  
United Youth on the Move, Straight Up newsletter
Additional Descriptive Data
Related material

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch Records, 1918 and 1977-1998 (bulk 1989-1998) held by the Bentley Historical Library.