Women of Excellence: Barbara Smith

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!


Barbara Smith. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Barbara Smith, City of Albany
distinguished career

“My major challenge is being born as a black person in the United States in the era of Jim Crow. But my major challenge has been to negotiate the very, very troubled waters of race and racism in the U.S. and I have devoted my life through my work in trying to help to find better ways and solutions for the negative context in which race continues to show itself.”

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