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A Life of Service: The Theodora Smiley Lacey Portrait Tour

Female African American leader attending a local event.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Price: Free

Dickinson Hall

140 University Plaza Dr
Hackensack, NJ 07601

P. Smallwood Art

Event Description

This initiative celebrates the life and legacy of Mrs. Lacey, an advocate for education, equity and racial justice.

From experiencing segregation in Montgomery, AL to working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, Mrs. Lacey has played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the advancement of voter rights. 

Philip Smallwood has captured Mrs. Lacey's essence in a portrait slated to go on national tour. 

Showcasing the portrait across various venues, including educational institutions, museums, and cultural centers, symbolizes a journey at the intersection of history, art, and social advocacy.

There will be a panel discussion on the relationship between community activism, the impactful role of art in societal narratives, and the profound historical perspectives that shape the understanding of notable figures.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Lauren LeBeaux, Newark Arts Executive Director
  • Rev. Dr. Forrest M. Pritchett, Activist and Professor at Seton Hall University
  • Jeremy Lentz, Teaneck International Film Festival Founder 

Johanne Bryant Reid, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation

NJ Proudly Celebrates
Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance in February that celebrates the achievements and contributions of African Americans to American history, culture, and society. Established in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson; Black History Month reflects on the struggles, highlights the triumphs, and provides inspiration to future generations.

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