NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield Middle School (NPMS) will present ‘A Conversation with Theodora Lacey: Educator and Civil Rights Activist’ on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Lacey, a retired educator and civil rights pioneer, was instrumental in spearheading the integration of Teaneck Public Schools during the early 1960s. As a result, Teaneck became the first school district in the nation to integrate without a court order in 1964.

Lacey has described her fight for equal opportunities as part of her “DNA.’ While growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, her father was part of a committee to help recruit a young man by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be a new pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Additionally, Lacey’s mother was a childhood friend of Rosa Parks.

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During her visit to North Plainfield on Feb. 15, Lacey, who has spent her life fighting for others, will share her story and journey with middle and high school students as part of a Civil Rights unit being studied.

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