Selma resident known for hard work, leadership and helping others

Published 9:15 am Sunday, February 13, 2022

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Rita Micou Lett was known as a tireless worker who inspired others throughout the city of Selma.

Lett passed away on February 9. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church. Dr. Otis Dion Culliver will preside. Rev. Colin Lett and Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D. will co-officiate. Masks are required.

Lett is survived by: husband, Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D. sons: Charles Jr. Lett, Ryan (Trana) Lett, Sean (Neilya) Lett, Rev. Colin Lett, one stepdaughter: Kametris Wyatt, seven grandchildren, five Siblings: Synorvia Scott, Lana

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Hendrix, Mae Micou, Terri Micou Smith, William “Jack” Micou, one Sister-In Love: Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, two brothers-in-love: Dr. W. James (Patsy)Lett, Dr. Samuel C. (Connie) Lett, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Lett is known for many things working in the Queen City: a social worker with the Alabama State Department of Human Resources, an Executive Administrator in the Chestnut, Sanders and Sanders law firm, Wallace Community College-Selma, President of the Selma-Dallas County Emancipation Proclamation Committee, Board Chairman of the Claude C. Brown Y.M.C.A., Board Member of the Joint Brown-Grist Y.M.C.A., Original Board Member of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium.

Lett’s religious life was exceptional as a devoted member the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church-Selma. She served as Deaconess Chairwoman,  choir soloist and one of the inaugural directors of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma  Legacy Foundation.

Lett cherished being First Lady of the Aimwell Missionary Baptist Church-Hazen-Orrville for the last 29 years of her husband, Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D.

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc-Zeta Eta Omega Chapter Lett was praised for helping others.

Lett held leadership positions at the local, regional and international levels:  Chapter President of Zeta Eta Omega Chapter (1995-1996,2005-2008), Parliamentarian, Cluster III-B Coordinator, Alabama Cluster Coordinator, First Chairperson of the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast and Heritage Committee Member.

Contributions included  Soror of the Year,  Organizer of the first Selma Pan-Hellenic  “Get Out the Vote” Campaign, Co-chaired three Historical Black College/University Tours, organizer of the Junior African Knights Mentor Group for young boys in the 5-8 grades, Re-organizer of the Jewels mentor Group for youth in grades 2-4 and President that collected first payment on pledge toward what eventually became the  Ivy and Pearl Service Center Complex.