Paul Phillips was a prominent African American community service leader and was the first African-American to hold elected office in Grand Rapids. Phillips came to Grand Rapids in 1946 to work for the Borough Community Association. He worked to affiliate the organization with the Grand Rapids Urban League in 1947 and served as Director of the League from 1947-1976. Phillips received an honorary degree from Grand Valley in 1972 and served as a member of the Grand Valley Board of Control from May 1976 until his death later that year.
Source of Acquisition
Acquired from Ethel Phillips in 1982.
Paul I. Phillips papers at the Grand Rapids Public Library #006.
Seidman House 1 Campus Drive
[Identification of item], Paul I. Phillips reference collection (RHC-19). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. http://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/449 Accessed September 21, 2017.