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Local woman honored in Heritage Calendar

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Ruth Anderson Smith


From Contributed Reports

Friday, November 8, 2019

Ruth Anderson Smith — humanitarian, community activist, church leader and friend — will be featured in the 2020 Heritage Calendar: “Celebrating the N.C. African-American Experience.”

This calendar, sponsored by AT&T Services Inc., was launched in 2012 and honors people who have made a lasting difference for African-Americans in the state of North Carolina. The 2020 honorees recently were recognized during a reception at the state Executive Mansion in Raleigh.

A Rocky Mount native, Smith graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and her thirst for knowledge led her to obtaining an undergraduate and graduate degree in library science from N.C. Central University.

Her professional career included serving as a fifth-grade teacher in Wayne County, librarian at Phillips High School in Edgecombe County and her most rewarding experience, organizing the library for the newly constructed J.W. Parker Junior High School in 1960 in Rocky Mount. Her responsibilities involved, but were but not limited to, ordering books and materials and especially educational material about world history, geography, and the social sciences.

Due to her ler love for education and to help young people become lifelong learners, Smith dedicated a room equipped with educational material in honor and memory of her mother, Dovie Anderson, at her lifetime church, St. Mark AME Church.

As a Diamond member — 75 years — of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Smith has had many rewarding experiences. She says she enjoys attending local, regional and national conferences, traveling to 20-plus foreign countries, and her greatest reward was working with other sorority members getting people registered to vote during the 1960s.

Although in retirement, Smith is still volunteering her time, talent and expertise wherever and whenever she can to be of service to all mankind.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is an international service organization that was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in 1,024 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Led by International President Glenda Baskin Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greekletter organization for African-American women.”

For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit www.aka1908.com.

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