Dr. Lawrence C. Perry was the first African-American dentist to open a practice in Ypsilanti and was elected the first African-American school board member in Ypsilanti in June 1942, serving four consecutive terms.
His son Lowell Perry (Dec. 5, 1931-Jan. 7, 2001) played football at Michigan, became the first African-American assistant coach in the NFL, and was appointed by President Ford as the Commissioner of the EEOC from 1975-76.
- Planning the Home Front, pg. 244: "Perry also served on the board of directors of the Ypsilanti Community Fund and participated in committees of the Council of Social Agencies."
- Ypsilanti in the 20th Centure, pg. 112