Reverend George Walker Smith Papers


Reverend George Walker Smith

San Diego State University
Library and Information Access
African American clergy--California--San Diego--Biography ; African American educators ; African Americans--California--San Diego ; Christ United Presbyterian Church ; Golden Hill United Presbyterian Church ; Smith, George Walker
Reverend George Walker Smith was born in Hayneville, Alabama in 1929, and grew up in a family of sharecroppers on a large plantation. After earning a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and attending seminary school, he lead the congregation at the Golden Hill United Presbyterian Church in San Diego. During the late 1950's city leaders noticed Smith and his belief in community activism, and he soon began joining various municipal boards. In 1963, Smith became the first elected African American on the School Board. In 1967, he became the first African American to join the National School Board. He headed the United Negro College Fund for eighteen years, and in 1970, he participated in the White House Conference on Children and Youth.
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