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Maxine A. Smith

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May 01, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 01, 2013
Patricia Walker and family RIP from all your hard work. God had your reward waiting.
May 01, 2013
Maxine, it was a pleasure to have known you. Rest In Peace. Our condolences to your family.
May 01, 2013
This message is sent with the deepest and heartfelt sympathy. My heart is aching from the lost of a mentor and encourager, Dr. Maxine A. Smith. I knew of her well before I met her. A great lady and a champion and voice for those who certainly could not speak for themselves has passed. In 2004, I became a MAXINE SMITH FELLOW of the Tennessee Board of Regents from Columbia State Community College. Meeting Maxine Smith was one of the greatest days of my life. It was an honor to be a part of this program named for her and to be the recipient of her love and her encouragement. Maxine Smith's hard work has left its mark across this nation and most especially in Tennessee. I will never forget her and know today that my life was changed because my path crossed hers and I am better because of her influence on me. Fond memories of visiting with the Smiths at their home in Memphis during a Maxine Smith Fellows gathering and walking down the hall of fame bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. My greatest memory may just be the fact that she included me in her book “Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils Lessons Learned in Memphis's Civil Rights Classroom”. We love you Ms. Maxine and will always cherish your conversations, value you and your contribution to Civil Rights, and your advice that was shared with the Maxine Smith Fellows' participants.
Dr. Christa S. Martin, Columbia State Community College, Assistant to the President for Access & Diversity, 2004-2005 Maxine Smith Fellow.
May 01, 2013
Mrs. Maxine is a beacon light for all to follow, prayers for the repose of her soul. Prayers for her family and loved ones. Praise be to God. Amen.
May 01, 2013
Maxine A. Smith was a true legend who will live in history books as well as in the hearts of those who remember her well. During those times we needed a voice who represented equality. That voice was Maxine A. Smith. Rest in peace. You fought a good fight; you kept the faith. Now go and take your rest.
May 01, 2013
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
http://www.ruthann1.com
May 01, 2013
Maxine Smith was a genuine legend who will live in history books as well as in the hearts of those who remember her well. During those times we needed a voice who represented equality. That voice was Maxine A. Smith. Rest in peace. You fought a good fight; you kept the faith. Now go and take your rest.
April 30, 2013
Thank you for speaking, marching, enduring and standing for equality long before it became a household name. Your passion will forever be a monument in the heart of NAACP and education. Rest in peace, because you fought a good fight!
Thank you.
April 30, 2013
Truly a great legend not just in Memphis, the State of Tennessee or the Nation, but the world!
To have met her was to be enchanted with an elegant grace, pride and confidence.
She and Ann Weathers painted NAACP a must for all especially the youth. Rest in peace and may your living be a torch to continue the struggle. Thank you for standing when others rested along the way.

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Maxine Smith, NAACP rally, 1962 (Alvin Swiney Photo Collection) R.I.P., MS. Smith  - truly feisty, and truly a lady. Maxine and her son, Smitty, 1967.

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