Alfred Morris Richardson

Alfred Morris Richardson, Sr, the son of the late Kelly and Beulah Richardson, was born and raised in Halifax County, North Carolina, and graduated from the Haliwa Indian Tribal School in 1961. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that year and attended Palmer Business School.

He volunteered for the Army in 1963 and served three years as an administrative specialist, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He received an honorable discharge.

He married Margie Richardson, daughter of Lonnie and Elnora Richardson, and they have celebrated 53 years together. They have two daughters, Cassandra and Larissa; one son, Alfred Jr; two granddaughters Brittany and Alexus; and one great granddaughter, Laila Cheyenne Leonard, who serves as 2018-2019 Tiny Miss Haliwa Saponi.

Alfred and Margie moved from New Jersey to College Park, Maryland in 1972. In 1975 and 1976 he worked as a planner for the Coalition of Eastern Native Americans, an advocacy organization in Washington, DC, for non federally recognized Indian tribes east of the Mississippi River. During this time he helped organize the Maryland Organization of American Indians, where he served several two year terms as president.

In 1976 Alfred was employed at the Potomac Electric Power Company as a dispatcher, and retired in 2010 after 34 years. He relocated back to the Haliwa community in 2014, and became a Trustee of Mount Bethel Baptist Church in the fall of that year. He has been Chairman of the Trustee Board for two years, and is a member of two choirs.

Alfred is also Vice Chairman of the Fishing Creek Precinct of the Warren County Democratic Party.

Other education include a home study course from DeVry Institute, and classes at Maryland University, and American University in Washington, DC.