Throughout her career, Aletha R. Wright had dedicated her life to bettering the lives and community of the people of Camden. From 1984-1987, she held the position of the Board President of the Camden City Board of Education, and from there went on to serve as Vice President of the New Jersey School Board Association until 1990. Aletha also served as the Assistant Director of the Division of Family Development for the New Jersey Department of Human Services and worked in the Office of Planning in the Honorable Governor James J. Florio’s Office. On January 2, 1994, Aletha Wright was sworn in to the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where she was instrumental in developing Camden County’s first work experience and education program, and continually championed jobs for county residents by promoting economic development. She was also a proud member and South Jersey Alumnae Chapter President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The values that defined Dr. King’s character– courage, justice, compassion, truth, service– are the same values that empowered Wright and her leadership efforts in Camden.
This 2024 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal will given posthumously.