Smith’s family presented The Community Foundation with a $3 million bequest to honor her life’s work and her passion for dance. While in college Smith fell in love with modern dance, and in 1948, Smith, alongside a small group of women, formed Atlanta’s first contemporary dance company, ACDC. Smith went on to instruct and was the first to teach rhythm and movement at the Atlanta Speech School to hearing impaired children.
To commemorate her devotion to dance, The Community Foundation worked with her daughter, Sallie Smith, to create a $200,000 scholarship fund for Moving in the Spirit, a youth development program using dance to change the lives of Atlanta’s disadvantaged youth.
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