Dr. Gerald Smith is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He serves as
an associate minister at Consolidated Baptist Church where he was
licensed and ordained to preach the Gospel. He is also an associate
professor of African American history and director of the African
American Studies and Research Program at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Smith received his bachelor and masters degrees in American
history from UK in 1981 and 1983, respectively. In 1988 he earned
his Ph.D. in history from UK with a concentration in urban and African
American history.From 1988 until 1993 he was an assistant professor
at the University of Memphis. He returned to UK to join the history
faculty as a tenured professor in 1993.
Gerald Smith is the author of two books and has written over thirty
book reviews, essays, and articles for historical journals and reference
books. He has also presented and co-presented his research at several
national and regional professional conferences. At present he is
co-authoring a book on African Americans in Memphis, Tennessee,
and working as a co-editor on volume VI of the Martin Luther King,
Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
Dr. Smith serves on a number of different boards and committees.
His awards include selection as a National Faculty Scholar (1997),
Outstanding Young Man of America Award, Who's Who Among African
Americans, and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium
of Scholars of Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2000.
He is married to the former Teresa Turner. They are the proud parents
of two daughters: Elizabeth age 12 and Sarah age 8.