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Rep. Waters Statement on the Death of B. Smith

February 24, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on the Death of B. Smith

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, issued the following statement on the death of entrepreneur and restauranteur, Barbara Smith, who was widely known as “B. Smith”: 

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Barbara Smith, who emerged as a highly successful lifestyle maven and was referred to in households around the country as simply ‘B. Smith.’

“B. Smith was a beautiful and stylish woman who became a renowned restauranteur and entrepreneur.  I had the pleasure of meeting B. Smith many years ago at her famous restaurant in Washington, DC. I will never forget her hospitality and grace. Any time Members of Congress would visit her restaurant, B. Smith would never hesitate to come to our table and greet us with her beautiful smile and welcoming spirit. B. Smith’s poise and business prowess took her career to unprecedented heights. Her name will forever be etched in history books as one of the most prominent African American entrepreneurs of her time.

“Perhaps one of the greatest gifts and most lasting aspects of B. Smith’s legacy is her courageous advocacy and leadership in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Following her early onset Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 2013, she and her husband Dan gave voice to the struggles of millions of patients and caregivers nationwide. Their book, Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's, was a powerful testimony that will live on forever.

“As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, I can personally attest to the power of her leadership and advocacy for Alzheimer’s disease awareness, and I thank B. Smith and her family for their contributions to this important fight.

“As we continue to mourn B. Smith’s death and reflect upon her life, I extend my deepest sympathies to her husband Dan, stepdaughter Dana, her relatives, and friends. In honor of her legacy, I encourage all those who loved her to join us in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by supporting programs and initiatives that increase funding for lifesaving research and support patients and caregivers.”