Jeanne Ellis Hudgens Smith

Jeanne Ellis Hudgens Smith

Title: Advocate

Location: High Point, North Carolina, United States

Jeanne Ellis Hudgens Smith, Advocate, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in youth development.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hudgens Smith cemented a legacy based on her love of teaching, inspiring others and enriching the lives of future generations. In her life, she was most proud of her accomplishments as an educator, having taught throughout the 1950s at the Mecklenburg County Public Schools and the J.E. Wright High School. She continued her career in academia as an administrator for Stamford Early Childhood, as a director of the Guilford County Head Star and as an Executive Director for the NAACP. Furthermore, Ms. Hudgens Smith was proud to share her musical gifts and played piano and performed at the illustrious Apollo Theatre. On a civic level, she served with the Child Care Study Commission and was a summer camp director for her church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at North Carolina Central University in 1945 and later received a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1969.

Ms. Hudgens Smith was recognized on numerous occasions for the outstanding quality of her work. In 2000, she was a No Puffing Grantee from the Moses Cone Long Community Health Foundation. She received a Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women and an Education Award from the NAACP. Furthermore, she is the recipient of the African-American Atelier Unsung Heroes Award, the Sertoma of the Year Award, an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut, a Head Start Award, a Letter of Recognition from President Ronald Reagan and a Presidential Citation for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. She is also noted for her work as the chair of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Although Ms. Hudgens Smith passed away in 2018, she is fondly remembered by her family, friends, colleagues, and in all of the lives her work touched throughout her remarkable career.

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