April C. Smith, a 2001 graduate of Crossett High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, received a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a specialty in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on May 11. 

Her dissertation title was, “Navigating Through Life: Voices of African American Women Pursuing College Degrees After Incarceration”.  She also conducted research on marginalized populations within communities.

Smith is currently employed as the THRIVE Program Coordinator with College and Community Fellowship, an organization based in New York City that enables women with criminal convictions to earn their college degrees.  

Smith is the daughter of Celester and Lucille Smith and granddaughter of the late Kirkwood and Louise Jones and the late Mamie Smith.

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