Audrey Fletcher Lee lives in Florida now, but she was the first African American female born and raised in Montclair to be elected to serve on Montclair’s Township Council, serving two terms. She also founded The Montclair African-American Heritage Parade and Festival in 1990 to honor the history of African-Americans in Montclair.
In 1969, Fletcher Lee was the co-founder of the Montclair Child Development Center which began providing annual Head Start services to 75 low-income children and their families. At the time of her retirement in 2007 as executive director, the agency had grown to serve 529 children and families.
Her extensive community service in Montclair resulted in the development and implementation of positive public policies related to housing development, formal education opportunities from pre-school-college, business development and employment opportunities as well as a host of other community initiatives.
She continues to serve her community in Florida, her daughter Donna Williams writes…
A member of the DeLand’s Greater Union 1st Baptist Church, Fletcher Lee serves a member of the Church’s Life Center, where she sought the collaboration with other community youth organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and Catalyst resulting in her instituting and coordinating a program known as Rights of Passage Successful Encounters “ROPSE”.
The students enrolled in the program are engaged to develop a positive sense of self, utilizing an Afrocentric method designed to meet the needs of African American youth and others. The program is intended to serve as an alternative to violence, gang affiliation and drug participation. Emphasis is placed on embracing community values, conflict resolution, life skills developing healthy life-styles and has a strong academic component embedded within the project. Audrey also serves as a mentor for at least 10 children who attend local elementary and middle schools.
Audrey has an extensive resume citing many accomplishments as a long-time community activist and professional. Her love for children and the needs of families is unsurpassed as acknowledged by National, State, County and local awards received for more than 60 years.