As a result, leadership conflict and interpersonal disputes, membership in Combahee declined and the last meeting was held in February 1980.
An enthusiast of American literature and writing, Smith pursued English study throughout her education.
During her year at the New School for Social Research, she traveled to Chicago, Illinois, and participated in the protests accompanying the Democratic National convention.
and through the publication, met Margaret Sloan, a founder of the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO).
After reading an article in "Ms." Magazine that Alice Walker would be teaching a course on African-American women writers, Smith enrolled and vowed to teach women writers of color whenever she taught and began doing so once she received a teaching load at Emerson College in 1973.
Dismayed that works available by writers of color prominently featured the experiences of men, by the suggestion of her friend Audre Lorde, Smith founded to establish Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.
On education, Smith recalled: "I never was interested in any other grade except for an A. It was just like, you have a mind, you’re supposed to use it." Although her family rarely spoke about segregation or economic disparities, Smith recalled instances of racial discrimination: believing that she was "ugly" because she grew up not seeing anyone "who faintly looked like [her] being looked at as a beautiful person," A gifted student, Smith excelled in her honors classed and performed well on her PSAT.
[laughs] But that wasn’t because someone was threatening me at home. Her grades and test scores gained her entrance to Mount Holyoke College in 1965.
Recognizing lesbianism as a legitimate identity reinforced the debate within black feminism and the larger women’s movement.
As a socialist Black feminist organization, the collective emphasized the intersections of racial, gender, heterosexist, and class oppression in the lives of African-Americans and other women of color.
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Intrigued by the call for attendance to the NBFO’s Eastern Regional Conference in 1974, Smith caucused with women from the Boston area and made contacts in order to establish a Boston NBFO chapter.