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The Honorable Wayman Smith

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Municipal Court Judge
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1940
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Municipal Court Judge
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1940
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

City councilman, judge and Anheuser Busch executive Wayman Flynn Smith, III, was born June 18, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri; his father, Wayman, II, and his mother, Edith Maux Smith were college educated. Wayman Smith, II, was the first black certified public accountant in Missouri and later served as a city councilman. Growing up in the area where Dick Gregory and Grace Bumbry were raised, Smith attended Washington Elementary School, Sumner High School, and graduated from Soldan International Studies High School in 1957. Smith began his collegiate career at Washington University but graduated from Monmouth College in New Jersey in 1962. Smith went on to graduate from Howard University Law School in 1965.

Mentored by St. Louis attorneys Margaret Bush Wilson and Frankie Freeman, Smith worked on housing legislation for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights in 1966; this legislation designated the real estate office as a place of public accommodation. Smith entered into private practice in 1968; in 1970, he was appointed a City Court Judge, serving until 1975. Smith then served on the St. Louis City Council from 1975 to 1987 and was once president of the council’s Black Caucus. Pressure on Anheuser-Busch by Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.’s Operation PUSH, resulted in Anheuser-Busch’s hiring of Smith in 1980 as the first African American member of the Corporate Affairs Department. Working with Augie Busch, Smith created a $200 million minority business development program. Smith eventually became vice president of corporate affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies, and a member of the board of directors of Anheuser Busch, Inc.

Smith served as a member of the board of directors of Howard University from 1989 to the time of his HistoryMakers interview, and chairman from 1991 to 1995. Smith was senior partner at The Smith Partnership, P.C., St. Louis, Missouri, and a partner in the law firm of Wilson, Smith & McCullin. Smith’s numerous civic board memberships include: the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; National Urban League; National Association of Sickle Cell Disease, Inc.; St. Louis Symphony; and St. Louis Metropolitan YMCA. Chairman of the Board of Regents of Harris Stowe State College, Smith was also listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Black America. Smith held memberships in the American Bar Association, Missouri, Mound City, and National Bar Association, Missouri Chapter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about his maternal family's move from Kentucky to Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his parents' early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his mother and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about researching his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his family's reluctance to share stories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about the importance of family values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remembers his grandparents' professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls the educational opportunities for St. Louis' African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his father's college experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about the impact of segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Wayman Smith reflects upon his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls his introduction to television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls his activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls graduating from Soldan High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls transferring to Monmouth College in West Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his father's campaign for the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls working as an elevator operator at the U.S. Capitol, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls working as an elevator operator at the U.S. Capitol
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remembers Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls his civil rights activities at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remembers when Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. fled the country
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remembers the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls his transition to Wall Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls joining St. Louis' Board of Aldermen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remembers the Missouri Commission on Human Rights
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his law practice in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls serving on St. Louis' Board of Aldermen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about William Clay, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls the civil rights issues of the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his work for Anheuser-Busch Companies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls the Great Kings and Queens of Africa program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Wyman Smith describes Anheuser-Busch Companies' support for African American organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about Anheuser-Busch Companies distributorships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls Anheuser-Busch Companies' donations to the United Negro College Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about Anheuser-Busch Companies' operations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about development in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Wayman Smith remmebers Barry Rand
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Wayman Smith recalls Executive Leadership Council's founding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his friendship with Earl G. Graves, Sr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - The Honorable Wayman Smith reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes his commitment to education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Wayman Smith reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Wayman Smith talks about his family members
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Wayman Smith reflects upon his law career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Wayman Smith describes how he would like to be remembered