Gwendolyn Harrison Smith Passes Away At The Age Of 91

Gwendolyn Harrison Smith, the first black woman to attend UNC, died.

Gwendolyn Harrison Smith, who passed away Feb. 28 was a woman with a unique story. Sixty-five years ago, she was told that the color of her skin would prevent her from attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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She was accepted to the university by what was called a mistake but Smith fought (even when it came to a lawsuit) for her right to an education, and in turn became the first Black woman to take classes at the UNC Chapel Hill.

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“It’s still incredible the courage they had to be pioneers here,” Nicolas Graham, an archivist at the university, said. “They went through a lot to get an education. It’s a remarkable example they set for all the students who followed them.”

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The death of Gwendolyn Harrison Smith is a big loss for Black community but the results of what she did will continue to live and inspire the others, who still have to fight hypocrisy and discrimination.

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