Celebrating Great Books Champion B.J. Smith

The memory of B.J. Smith, a lifelong Great Books supporter, was honored with a ceremony at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia on August 26. After starting a Junior Great Books group at the former R.L. Hope Elementary School, B.J. Smith and her friend Ruth Read started a Great Books group for adults that met for 45 years at the Buckhead Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library.


Foundation vice president Mary Kent Sweeton (second left) and other guests gather around a plaque installed at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary School in B.J.’s honor.

When B.J. was 86 years old she was quoted as saying, “At my age, I know how important it is to keep on thinking. It’s important for the kids too.” The ceremony celebrating B.J.’s passion for reading and sharing ideas was attended by Greg Parks, principal of Usher-Collier Heights Elementary School, Mary Kent Sweeton, vice president of the Great Books Foundation, other members of the Great Books Foundation staff, friends, family, and students. Thank you B.J.BJ2

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