Attorney D. E. Smith was honored at the African Expo on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church for her service to the community. She received the ‘NANA NKOSUOHEMAA Award” which means, “Queen of Progress”, for her dedication and unwavering commitment to ‘TRUTH TELLING’ about the lynching of African Americans in DeKalb County.
This was a three-year project headed by Attorney D. E. Smith on behalf of the NAACP DeKalb County Branch, Decatur, GA and the Equal Justice Institute (EJ) of Montgomery, Alabama. Three Memorial Markers were erected in Dekalb County, Georgia, for the victims of lynching and their families.
Attorney D. E. Smith sated in her acceptance of the award, that “This is an award for the People” It’s an honor and pleasure to receive such recognition, but don’t forget – it took a village. A lot of people contributed to this recognition
Fonta High was also recognized on the same program for her work and commitment to Equal Rights, City of Decatur, the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights. Both awards were presented by Dr. Emmauel Lartey, Professor, Emory University, Bishop, Meth Ch, Ghana and Iyabo Onipede, Co-Director Compassionate Atlanta.