Mel Ravitz, who was a member of the Detroit City Council and Council President, recently died in Ann Arbor at age 86 from a brain aneurism. Mel Ravitz was a champion of social justice and civil rights and served on the Detroit City Council from 1962-1974 and again from 1982-1997. He also served on the Detroit Planning Commission.
Dr. Ravtiz, born in New York, moved to Detroit as a child and graduated from Central High School in 1942. He held a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University, a Master's Degree from the New School for Social Research, and a Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ravitz also was a professor at Wayne State University, a staff announcer for WJLB and a news editor for WDET, and a former union organizer.
Dr. Ravitz remained politically engaged until his death; writing opinion pieces for the newspaper and offering recommendations to President Barack Obama on various issues.
Dr. Ravitz is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanore, a brother, Seymour Ravtiz, six children, and sever grandchildren. A memorial was held in Ypsilanti Michigan on May 2 2010.
Information and photo credits: Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and AnnArbor.com