Greensboro philanthropist Sally S. Cone, longtime advocate of girls’s rights, dies on the age of 87 | Native information
“In all honesty, she has helped inspire many of us as we face these struggles and situations and find ways to be part of the solution,” said Carlisle.
Cone has received numerous awards for her work, including awards such as the Women of Achievement Award Community Service from the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women, the Lifetime of Service Award from the Volunteer Center of United Way, and the annual NCCJ Brotherhood / Sisterhood Citation Award, the shared it with her husband.
The couple also shared a love of giving back to their community.
For example, when friend Ruby Nell Jones died in 2003, Cone and her husband took up their friend’s cause to raise funds for the Triad Health Project’s annual Winter Walk for AIDS.
Saralee Smithwick remembered telling her mother that she wanted to get a job when she was 16 but doubted her prospects because she had no experience.
Cone told her daughter it was a wonderful idea and not to be afraid. “She said, ‘Where do you want to work and then do it,'” said Saralee Smithwick.
The impact that Cone had can best be summed up in a “Certificate of Gratitude from Younger Women,” which, according to her obituary, was presented to her on her 60th birthday.
In it, she was recognized for her “Brave, Intelligence, Strength, and Vision,” which advanced “equality for all women in Greensboro City, North Carolina, and the Nation.”