In honor of Black History month, we would like to highlight Ray Richardson who served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood House (NH) from 1960 to 1987. Prior to being Executive Director, he work at NH for 10 years as a social worker. Richardson was an influential leader not only for NH, but the Milwaukee community. He one of the first African American Executive Directors for a non-profit organization, other than the Milwaukee Urban League.
Richardson led programs and enrollment for NH to flourish during his time here. He was also the first African American member of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Board of Trustees. In addition, he served as a director of foundations for the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Lakeside Children’s Center, and Wisconsin Housing Corporation. His legacy continues to pave the way for young leaders through Neighborhood House’s Richardson Scholarship dedicated to helping individuals through education.
Want to learn more about the history of African American influence in the community? Please join us Friday, February 28th 5-7 pm at NH for The Story of Us: African American History Program as we learn the history through music and movement presented by NH students. Click here for more details!