Denver Smith Foundation

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal


1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 200-FFLargo, MD 20774 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Denver Smith Foundation’s (DSF) mission is to honor the life and legacy of Denver Smith by empowering, educating and collaborating with people and projects to positively impact historically marginalized communities. DSF delivers education scholarships in support of students who are participating in the restorative and social justice movements.


On November 16, 1972 Denver Smith was shot and killed by law enforcement at Southern University Baton Rouge Louisiana campus. His death was caught on camera. The Denver Smith Foundation was started in 2019, but the nephew and namesake Denver Terrance. The organization is incorporated solely for charitable purposes. The purpose of the organization is to provide scholarships to students with a focus on social justice, and to serve as a conduit of restorative justice in the wake of Denver Smith’s murder.


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