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Dr. Frank Smith Jr.

Guest Lecturer to Discuss African American Freedom Fighters During Civil War, Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Frank Smith Jr., founding director of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C., will give a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, in room 209 of the Science and Technology Building at East Carolina University. Smith will discuss African American freedom fighters during the Civil War and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and’60s. The event is sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences African and African American Studies Program.

Smith began his political and civic career in Washington, D.C., where he took his first job as a researcher for the Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on education and planning issues. At the Institute, Smith was promoted to senior resident fellow and became a member of the Board of Trustees.

From 1982 to ‘98, Smith served on the District of Columbia City Council, where he represented one of the most racially, ethnically and economically diverse wards in the city. During his tenure, Smith wrote legislation creating subsidies for housing down payments, and a lottery system for disposing of condemned and surplus housing. He also supported tax incentives for new business development.

Throughout his career, Smith has received many awards for his civic, community and political leadership. He is active on various committees and has held positions on many organizational boards, including the Board of the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation, the Board of Commissioners of the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and the DCHA Committee on Audit and Finance.

Smith attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and he earned his Ph.D. degree from the Union Institute in Ohio.

For additional information, contact Dr. David Dennard, director of the African and African American Studies Program and associate professor of history, at 252-328-4364 or dennardd@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.