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  • Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany

  • From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College


Photo by Earl Pichard

eudora WELTY Award

Path to Grace

Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement

"Path to Grace weaves together Smith’s own experiences in the South with the history of civil rights in America and the personal experiences of those who were closely involved. It is a terrific read—shocking, amusing, enlightening, and mesmerizing, beginning to end."

  • Jane Smiley, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Thousand Acres, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1992


"Path to Grace is a personal history. A masterful re-envisioning. An intimate portrait of the civil rights movement through the eyes of the folks on the ground. The unsung heroes. This is their story, our story, and it is compelling and powerful and necessary."

  • Kwame Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The Undefeated and Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir and winner of the Newberry Award 2015

Ethel Morgan Smith Collection

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  • African Violets


  • "The Problem With Evolving" All the Women in My Family Sing. 2018

  • "Living in a World of Rape" The Stir Journal. 2015

  • "If I Call Your Name" De Standard, Brussels Belgium. 2014

  • "Mad Hearts" Mothering Adult Children. 2013

  • "Robert Byrd: A Living History" The New York Times. 2010

  • "Lilacs" Connotation Press. 2010

  • "Mother" The New York Times (Motherlode). 2010

  • "Deferred Dreams" That MinorityThing.Com. 2009

  • "The Future of Race Relations" That MinorityThing.Com. 2009

  • "Love Means Nothing" Tusculum Review. 2007

  • "Outside of Dreams" Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers. 2009

  • "Soul-Mating" Mr. Wrong. 2007

  • "Revisions of Communal History in Ernest Gaines' "A Long Day in November." WVT Weissenschaftlicer Vertag. 1998

  • "Come and Be Black for Me" Honey Hush: African American Women's History. 1998


  • "A Conspiracy of Grace" An Anthology of Grandmothers. 1994

  • "Meteor"  Green Mountain Review. 2015

  • "Woman with Papa" Spitoon. 2013

  • "A Walk in the Park" Callaloo. 2000

  • "Burying Gems" Potomac Review.  1998

  • "Shopping for a Prom Dress" Kestrel. 1996

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