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Gerald L. Smith, Director, African-American Studies and Research Program (History)

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Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of History. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in1988. He is currently the Director of the African-American Studies and Research Program. He specializes in American Urban History and African-American History. He is the author of Black Educator in the Segregated South: The Life and Times of Rufus B. Atwood, 1897-1983 (1993) and of several articles and essays in journals including the Journal of Urban History. His current research includes: "Black Protest in the Bluegrass State: Kentucky and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968" and a book length study of blacks in Memphis from 1860 to 1954 (with Professor Kenneth Goings).

Prof. Smith is editing the fifth book of a 15-volume set of the Rev. Martin Luther King's papers. The book is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project, started in 1985 and based at Stanford University. The project seeks to create an annotated collection of
King's works, which will become the authoritative King source. Volume five is an annotated collection of many of King's early sermons.


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