Cissy Lacks gained national attention as a teacher and First Amendment advocate during her much publicized legal case against the school district for which she taught 25 years. If you are at the website, you have some knowledge of her case which is "one of the most disturbing in the annals of school law."

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"Afternoon with Cissy Lacks"

A film by Lyla Turner


A showcase of photography, exhibitions and recorded programs about the works of Cissy Lacks.





In September of 1941 German armies marched through eastern Poland into Russia, and a Polish Jew, Miriam Kornitsky, only thirteen years old, was sent by her parents into the dark forests of White Russia to hide from the invaders.







Cissy Lacks is the recipient of the PEN/Newman Award, which is given each year to one person in the United States who has defended First Amendment rights at a personal risk.  She was presented the award by Paul Newman.  She was also "Person of the Week" on ABC World News Tonight, and she was a topic of a Dateline NBC story.


Dr. Lacks has a PhD in American Studies from Saint Louis University, a Specialist degree in Education Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a master's degree in broadcasting from Boston University, and a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.