Friday, April 26 2013 8:14 PM EDT2013-04-27 00:14:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Leadership means showing the right way by going first, and using that definition, there's no other way to think of Maxine Smith other than as a great leader. Mrs. Smith died Friday. She willMore >>
Leadership means showing the right way by going first, and using that definition, there's no other way to think of Maxine Smith other than as a great leader.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 7:38 PM EDT2013-04-26 23:38:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Not many civil rights figures are around to walk the trails they blazed for future generations. But, Maxine Smith took this community by the hand and forged through one of the toughest timesMore >>
Not many civil rights figures are around to walk the trails they blazed for future generations.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Civil rights icon Maxine Smith passed away early Friday morning. Smith is a world-renowned figure in the civil rights movement as the Memphis native spent years fighting for equal rights for all – especially in education.
Georgia Maxine Atkins Smith was born on October 31, 1929. The 15-year-old Booker T. Washington High School graduate attended Spellman in Atlanta, and then Middlebury College in Vermont when the University of Tennessee would not admit her because of her race.
It was the later rejection her hometown college that inspired her to work for change. In 1957, she tried to enroll at the then Memphis State University. More than 50 years later, she received an honorary doctorate from the school.
Smith spent her life fighting for civil rights and education equality.
"In all of the discussions and litigations the dialogue, the diatribe and what's going on concerning the merger of the school systems, she would say, 'Let your heart speak, do right, do right for the children,'" said family friend Ruby Wharton.
In 1960, she helped organize the desegregation of Memphis public schools. She escorted the first 13 Memphis children to benefit from the desegregation.
Smith served on the coordinating committee for the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, which Martin Luther King, Jr. attended to support before he was assassinated.
She was at the forefront of the "Black Monday" student boycotts that lasted from 1969 to 1972.
In 1971, she was elected to the Memphis Board of Education. She held the position until her retirement in 1995.
Smith was the executive secretary of the NAACP for more than 40 years. She was a member of the board of directors for numerous charitable organization including the National Civil Rights Museum and the Women's Foundation for Greater Memphis.
"She will be missed, but her mark on history will live forever," said Dr. Willie Herenton.
National Civil Rights Museum President Beverly Robertson released the following statement about Smith's passing:
"The entire board and staff of the National Civil Rights Museum is deeply saddened to learn about the death of one this city's most important civil rights icons. Maxine had a fearless and courageous manner in which she confronted the most challenging civil rights issues. Her tenacity, persistence and dogged determination ensured that issues were effectively resolved.
Not only have I lost a stellar board member, but I have also lost a very close, personal friend."
Smith suffered a number of health issues the last few years of her life undergoing heart surgery in 2012. She was 83 years old.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.