Gerald L. Smith
Ph.D., Kentucky, 1988
Spring 2017: T 1:30 - 3:00, W 1:30 - 3:00
Gerald L. Smith is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He earned his B.A, M.A., and Ph. D degrees from the University of Kentucky in history. He taught at the University of Memphis from 1988-1993. He is a professor of history and holder of the Theodore A. Hallam Professorship (2015-17). He is also the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in Residence(2015-17) at the University of Kentucky. From 1997-2005, he served as the director of the African American Studies and Research Program at UK.
Dr. Smith is the author, editor, or co-editor of four books. He has more than forty articles, essays, and book reviews published in historical journals and encyclopedias. He has consulted on various historical projects, lectured on college campuses around the state, and conducted workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. He has appeared in historical documentaries which have aired on CBS, NBC, KET, the CBS Sports Network, and TruTV. Dr. Smith is co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia which has been recognized with the Kentucky Archives Month Certificate for Merit for Writing/Publication and the Thomas D. Clark Medallion Book for 2015. Professor Smith is currently researching and writing a new general history on Kentucky African Americans.
Over the years, he has served on a number of different boards and committees and now serves as chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. His awards include: selection as a National Faculty Scholar (1997); Who’s Who Among African Americans (2000); induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars of Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia ( March 2000), and the Evelyn Black Award from the UK Black Student Union (2005). He is a 2006 inductee into the Henry Clay High School Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky; a recipient of the 2011 Richard H. Collins Award from the Kentucky Historical Society, and, one of six professors on campus chosen by the UK Alumni Association to receive the 2013 Great Teacher Award. In 2014 the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Personnel Cabinet presented him with the annual Charles W. Anderson Laureate (Medal) Award, its highest award given to individuals recognized for significant contributions to equal opportunity in their communities. He received the Racial Reconcilation Award (2015 and The Kente Cloth Award (2017) from Campbellsvile University. He was named a recipient of the 2016 Living Legacy Award during the 13th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
Dr. Smith is also pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is married to the former Teresa Turner. They are the parents of two daughters.
Current Research: A monograph on Kentucky African American History from the frontier years to the present.
Courses Taught: Race and Sports
Civil Rights Movement in the US Since 1930
African American Urban History, Race Relations
Readings in African American History
Kentucky African American Experience
- Erin Gilliam
- LeDatta Grimes
- Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, (2015)
- Clayborne Carson, Senior Editor: Volume Editors, Susan Carson, Susan Englander, Troy Jackson, Gerald L. Smith, The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-1963 Volume VI (2001)
- Gerald L. Smith, Editor, Black America Series: Lexington, Kentucky (2001)
- Gerald L. Smith, A Black Educator in the Segregated South: Kentucky's Rufus B. Atwood, (1994)
- "Straining To Hear Their Thoughts and Desires": Researching and Writing the African American Experience in Kentucky, Register of the Historical Society, Spring/Summer 2015.
- Guest Editor, Exploring Kentucky's African American Past, "So Much Remains To Be Told" (Introduction) and "Direct Action Protests in the Upper South: Kentucky Chapters of the Congress of Racial Equality, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Summer/Autumn 2011
- "Slavery and Abolition in Kentucky: "Patter-rollers were everywhere" in Eds. James C. Klotter & Daniel Rowland, Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852, University Press of Kentucky, 2012