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Smith-Brown 50th Commemoration Overview

Southern University, along with other community entities, will host events in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the deaths of students Denver Smith and Leonard Brown beginning Monday, Nov. 14. Smith and Brown were fatally shot amid a peaceful protest on Southern’s campus on Nov. 16, 1972. Southern’s student union bears their names.

Activities will include participation from the families and classmates of Smith and Brown, Southern University alumni and students, and community members. All events are free and open to the public. Events at Southern are sponsored by the Baton Rouge campus, Southern University Law Center, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and the Denver Smith Foundation.