The Denver Smith Foundation was established in 2019 as a 501(c)(3) with the purpose of honoring the life and legacy of Denver Smith by providing equitable educational opportunities and resources to students of vulnerable populations.
Sadly, Denver Smith as a bystander during a peaceful protest was killed on November 16, 1972 on the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This unexplainable act of law enforcement aggression also claimed the life of Leonard Brown. Mr. Smith was a beloved member of the community and a junior majoring in Computer Science at the time of his murder. He is honored throughout Southern University’s campus and was awarded his degree posthumously in 2017. His life and untimely passing left an indelible mark on the lives of so many.
MISSION: To honor the life and legacy of Mr. Smith, the Denver Smith Foundation awards scholarships to students with significant barriers to Higher Education. In addition, the Denver Smith Foundation will operate as a conduit in the restorative and social justice space.
"A man dies twice: once when his heart stops beating and once when his name is said for the last time." - Banksy