Gerald Smith, University of Kentucky
Gerald Smith, a native of Lexington, is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He is one of the editors working on the Kentucky African-American Encylopedia, scheduled to be published in 2011.
He is also the author of more than 30 book reviews, essays, articles, and book chapters for historical journals and reference books. He co-edited volume six of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-March 1963.
Smith received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American history from UK and earned his doctorate 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. From 1997-2005 he was director of the African American Studies and Research Program.
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This program focuses on the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage and the Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia.
Editors of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia discuss the status of the project and its scope. The book, a comprehensive volume of research on the black experience in Kentucky, covers 15 topics, ranging from Appalachia to education to slavery to women. It is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2013.