M. Elizabeth Chitty, Historic Plainfielder
An activist in many fields, she was a three-term president of the Plainfield Board of Education. According to the S-L article, she was "often criticized for being hard-line on budget issues." She removed her dress, the story goes, to prove she was human and not a "two-headed monster."
Her story is compelling for many reasons, including her personal struggle to succeed and the many causes she took up. A portrait of her hangs in the Plainfield High School library, which is named for her.
Kudos to the Star-Ledger for celebrating the lives of local historic figures. We need to know more about them, in addition to the traditional roster of Black History personalities.