Funeral Arrangement Set For Maxine Smith

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(Memphis) Iconic Civil Rights Leader Maxine Smith’s Memorial Service will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church Saturday May 4, 2013.

The service will be at 11:00a.m. with the public viewing from 1:00 – 9:00p.m.

Smith died Friday after a long illness. She was 83 years old.

Her fight for equality began in Memphis in 1957 after she was turned away from what is now the University of Memphis because of the color of her skin.

She filed a law suit against the school and two years later, the first black students were admitted.

She would later be appointed to serve on the Board of Regents governing all Tennessee colleges and universities. The Southwest Community College Campus on Shelby Drive now bears her name.

Smith also ran the Memphis Branch of the NAACP for more than 30 years and served as a school board member.

Maxine Smith will be laid to rest alongside her husband Vasco Smith at the Historic Elmwood Cemetery.