1950 – Born on the 8th of September in Baltimore, Maryland.
1983 – All My Children – Hazel.
– Fires In The Mirror – Citizens of Crown Heights.
1991-1992 – She may best be known as the author of Fires in the Mirror, which dealt with the Crown Heights Riot, and Twilight: Los Angeles, which dealt with the Los Angeles riots, both of which featured Smith as the sole performer.
1993 – Dave – Mrs. Travis.
1995 – The American President – Robin McCal.
1996 – Smith was one of the recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the "genius grant.".
2000 – Smith is the author of Talk to me: Listening between the lines published.
– The Practice – District Attorney Kate Brunner.
2002 – Presidio Med TV Series – Dr. Letty Jordan.
2004 – The West Wing – National Security Advisor Nancy McNally.
2005 – Rent – Mrs. Jefferson.
2006 – She also won a Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues.