The league's president, Dr. R.Y. Woodhouse, said Smith was chosen partly for his role "as a pioneer and trailblazer for African American politicians."
She also noted Smith's leadership in the city's equal housing amendment, affirmative action legislation, greater city employment of minorities and said he was "a calm and mediating voice during the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and '70s."
The banquet's keynote speaker will be Herman Cain, president and chief executive officer of GodFather's Pizza Inc. Last year, he received the International Food Service Manufacturers Association's operator of the year gold plate award. He serves on a number of boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Super Valu Stores Inc. and the National Restaurant Association.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - June 3, 1992, Wednesday , FINAL