Norman Eugene Kennedy¬†was born to Earnest and Holly¬†(Harris) Kennedy in Chicago, Illinois on June 15, 1929. After arriving in Ypsilanti, Mr. Kennedy became involved in the building trades and was active in the union, and the Democratic Party. He served on Ypsilanti City Council in the early 1970s and various area boards and commissions, including the as director of Washtenaw County’s Affirmative Action program in the 1970s.