On June 3, 1957, speaking at the eighty-eighth Commencement Exercises of Atlanta University, Lillian Smith received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters - Dr. N. P. Tillman presented Miss Smith for the degree with the following citation:
"Native of a small town in the Deep South, whose early interest in people manifested itself in her decision to teach in China, but who finally found her work, her call, back home in the Deep South; co-founder and co-editor of a literary journal that later developed into South Today, one of the most significant and challenging of the Little Magazines initiated in its time; devoted teacher of Southern youth, who set facts against myth; skilled analyst of the mind of the South in penetrating pamphlet and essay; artistic portrayer of the soul of the South in dynamic story and novel; recipient of honorary degrees from leading American universities for her devotion to the cause of Truth, the Southern Author's Book Award and the National Book Award Special Citation for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters; outstanding lay figure in the Methodist Church, who hears the true call of the Church Triumphant; ardent lover of the South, who senses its weakness and its strength; wise counsellor to the South as it writhes in the throes of the pains of transformation; proud citizen of the United States, who stands unafraid of its destiny in One World; good neighbor, eminent author, inspired teacher, confirmed believer in people."
Dr. Clement conferring the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Miss Lillian Smith as Dr. C. A. Bacote stands ready with the hood.
Earlier in the same year Lillian Smith was honored at the annual Roosevelt Day Dinner in New York where she received a citation from former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt - for outstanding service to humanity.
At the Commencement Alumni - Faculty Banquet.
Left to Right: Paula Snelling, Lillian Smith, President Clement, Mrs. Clement, Mrs. Josephine Dibble Murphy,
Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Katie Stocks Carr (behind Mr. Murphy), Mrs. Amanda Bowen
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECOGNITIONS RECEIVED
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Southern Author's Award (1950) The Best Book on the South by a Southern Author - Southern Women's Democratic Organization
Hororary Doctor of Letters - Oberlin College 1950
Georgia Writer's Award - (1945) Georgia Writer's Association - best book of nonfiction and literary value
PARTIAL LIST OF AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS