Fillette, Ted, 1945-

Biography:

Ted Fillette is a Southern lawyer who worked with the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, beginning in the early 1970s. Fillette grew up in Mobile, Alabama, during the late 1940s and 1950s. Fillette attended Duke University during the mid-1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement and student activism. After hearing Martin Luther King, Jr., speak at Duke, Fillette was inspired to take action and become a fervent advocate of the movement. He joined the VISTA program after graduation and was sent to Boston, where he worked with the Massachusetts Welfare Rights Organization. During the early 1970s, Fillette attended law school at Boston University, spending one summer interning with an ACLU lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating in 1973, Fillette returned to Charlotte to accept a job with the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County. Inspired by the strong civil rights advocacy of Judge James McMillan, Fillette became involved in offering legal assistance to people who were displaced by the city's new program of urban renewal.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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