The Max M. Fisher Resource Center

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Christmas shoppers in Detroit in the 1950s
Left to Right: Thomas A. Murphy (Chairman, General Motors), Max M. Fisher, Robert E. McCabe (President, Detroit Renaissance), A. Alfred Taubman, Frederick C. Matthaei, Jr.
Edsel Ford explains why his father, Henry, liked Max Fisher.
Henry Ford II presents a check to Max M. Fisher and the United Jewish Appeal.
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young and President Jimmy Carter
The Alpha Kappa Psi Civic Award, "For service to country and community and inspiring leadership," presented to Max Fisher in 1970 by the Delta Theta Chapter of the University of Detroit.
Damon Keith remembers Max Fisher's courage in standing against the Detroit Police Department after the Riots in 1967.
"The Amazing Life of Max Fisher" ran as the feature story on the front page of The Detroit Free Press on October 2, 2003 and detailed the life of the philanthropist and the opening of the Max M. Fisher Music Center at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Place.
"Detroit Renaissance: A Decade of Progress and A Commitment to the Future," 1981 address by Max M. Fisher, Chairman of the Board, Detroit Renaissance, Inc.
Bill Berman describes Max Fisher's belief that consensus was not "the middle ground," but the process of getting a group to all reach the right decision.
Max M. Fisher at the National Distinguished Leadership Award ceremony in 1994.
Max Fisher Jewish Community Foundation Dedication
President Reagan honored Max Fisher with the Presidential Citizen Medal at the White House in 1989.
The inner city neighborhoods in Detroit did not feel the economic growth created by the Detroit Renaissance.
Detroit Renaissance Resolution of Appreciation Award
Max Fisher holding his award with Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the American Hebrew Congregations, and Industrialist Lester Avnot.