Rita Jean Eggleton Carter Perry, 80 was born on July 24, 1938, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a young child, her family relocated to Detroit, Michigan where she spent her youth and attended Detroit Public Schools. She was the daughter of Christine A. Eggleton Luffborough and the city’s first Black Prosecuting Attorney, Jesse B. Eggleton, Sr., who provided the foundation for her passion for equality and justice. As a young woman, she was very active in fighting for fairness and equal rights during one of our nation’s most trying times – the Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout her formative years, Rita remained actively engaged in “The Movement” by participating in Detroit’s Civil Rights protests and marching with the Rev. Dr. M.L. King, Jr. After attending Wayne State University and the Denver Institute of Art, she returned home to Detroit to work in marketing and promotions at the world-renowned Motown Records. She also studied at the University of Detroit, preparing herself for a career that would take her to cities all around the country.
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