Gerald Smith, associate professor of African-American history (#314)
Gerald Smith, an author, editor, and pastor as well as an associate professor of African-American history at the University of Kentucky, discusses the classes he teaches at UK, including “Race and Sports in American Society” and “The African American Experience in Kentucky.” He also talks about his involvement in two major publishing projects.
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Smith talks about the changes he has witnessed at the university since his student days in the 1970s. He explains the importance of taking today’s students on field trips to Camp Nelson, Berea, the National Underground Railroad Museum, and Lexington cemeteries for perspectives on history.
Outside the classroom, Smith is involved in two major publishing projects. One, the Martin Luther King Papers, aims to create a definitive edition of the civil rights leader’s most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. Smith is also co-editor of the first-ever Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia, scheduled to be released in 2011.