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Dr. Harvey Smith

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Take Care Of Business.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1922
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Take Care Of Business.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1922
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Dentist Harvey Bryant Smith was born October 22, 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents, Baptist Reverend Harvey Miles Smith and Stella Bryant Smith, attended Morehouse College and Spelman College, respectively, and were friends of Rev. A.D.Williams, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s grandfather. Smith grew up in Albany, Georgia, where his father was pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He attended Ashby Street School in Atlanta, and Ware Street School and Monroe Elementary in Albany. Inspired by dentist Joseph Ellis, Smith dreamed of becoming a dentist. He graduated from Georgia Normal College High School, now Albany State University, as class president in 1939. After graduation as a pre-med student at Morehouse College in 1943, Smith entered the United States Army. The army paid his way through Howard University Dental School, and in 1946, he graduated, was married and opened a dental practice on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.

Returning to the U.S. Army in 1951, Smith served as captain in the Dental Corps at Fort Stewart, Georgia through 1953. Smith became active in the integration of the Georgia State Dental Association in 1953. He also became a member of the Northern District Council for Dentistry. When Atlanta’s most prominent African American dentist, Dr. B.F. Anderson lost his arm, he gave his practice to Smith, who then worked to increase the practice. Smith’s patients included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Appointed to the Advisory Board of the Georgia Dental Association by former United States President, then Governor Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, Smith sought to encourage opportunities for black dentists.

Smith was a member of the National Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2001, Smith retired and continued to live in the home he bought in 1957.

Smith and his wife, Laveda, had three grown children, Jane, Harvey and Homer.

Dr. Harvey Smith passed away on May 4, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Harvey Smith's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Harvey Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his paternal family's history as ministers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his father as a pastor in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his father becoming a pastor in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his conversations with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his inspiration to become a dentist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his jobs as a young boy in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes the sights of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls a lynching near Albany, Georgia around 1934
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls attending school in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his favorite high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls having to work to attend Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his experience at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls Dr. Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his extracurricular activities in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his favorite teachers at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls joining the Army Specialized Training Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls starting a family and a dental practice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls serving in the Army Dental Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls integrating the Georgia Dental Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his first job as a dentist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes inheriting his dental practice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls a fundraiser with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moving back to Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls the effect of integration on black businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes attending Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon the evolution of dentistry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon the evolution of dentistry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon the evolution of clients' expectations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon his mistakes as a young dentist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Harvey Smith recalls his experience at Atlanta's Ben Massell Dental Clinic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon his career's highlights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Harvey Smith talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Harvey Smith reflects upon his career's highlights and his religion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Harvey Smith describes how he would like to be remembered