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Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Reverend Gregory Robeson Smith was born on September 22, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the Senior Pastor of the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Harlem, New York. His maternal grandfather, Benjamin Congleton Robeson, was very active in the local community activities of Harlem. As a child, Smith’s family history was steeped in the history of the church. In 1936, his grandfather became the pastor of Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and his uncle Paul Robeson often attended and spoke out against the discrimination that existed at the time.

In 1954, Smith earned his diploma from Dewitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York. He received his B.A. degree in history in 1959 from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Continuing his education, he received his M.B.A. degree in marketing and finance and his M.A. degree in divinity from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his education with his Ph.D. in higher education administration and finance and his Ph.D. in ministries. Smith has integrated his careers as a business executive, public activist and religious leader. He has spent over twenty years working in marketing and finance with several Fortune 500 companies.

In 1990, Smith was appointed by President George Bush as President and CEO of the African Development Foundation, an independent federal agency in Washington, D.C., with offices in twenty-five African nations. Smith continued to serve under the Clinton Administration until May 1995 when he became the Senior Pastor of the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Harlem, New York. The church is known as the “Freedom Church” for the central role it played on the Underground Railroad. It was attended by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.

Smith holds positions on several boards. He is Deputy Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masons of the State of New York. Smith is President of the Prince Hall Temple Associates, Inc. and has received the distinction of being one of the Outstanding Men of America.

Smith resides in New York with is wife and family.

Smith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 24, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his maternal grandmother and how she met his grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the history of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the history of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the role of Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers his uncle, Paul Robeson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers his uncle, Paul Robeson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls when his great uncle, Paul Robeson's passport was denied
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls the political attacks on his great uncle, Paul Robeson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his meeting with Julius Nyerere
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about Nelson Mandela and Paul Robeson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls his aspiration to enter the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his earliest memory of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls the early development of his racial identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Gregory Smith talks about the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Gregory Smith describes his perspective on integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers the Bronx's DeWitt Clinton High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers New York City's All City Chorus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls New York City politician J. Raymond Jones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Gregory Smith recalls performances at Harlem's Apollo Theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Gregory Smith talks about the Peg Leg Bates Country Club in Kerhonkson, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Gregory Smith recalls Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his college football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Gregory Smith recalls coaching football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls his decision to pursue a business career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls the Sterling Hall bombing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his experiences of racial discrimination in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his advertising career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his advertising career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Gregory Smith recalls his great uncle, Paul Robeson's stage performances
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about racial discrimination in theater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Gregory Smith remembers his great uncle, Paul Robeson's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls how he became involved in African development work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Gregory Smith describes his role at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his political affiliations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls his mayoral campaign in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talk about his early aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his experiences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about the U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the importance of African development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his accomplishments at the U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his perspective on racial equality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith reflects upon his work at the U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his return to Corporate America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about his relationship with Bruce Gordon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his role as a presiding elder
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his experiences at Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his family background in Prince Hall Freemasonry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls his doubts about the ministry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls early roles in the church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith remembers being called to the ministry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls his mentors at Union Theological Seminary
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls studying at United Theological Seminary
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his early career as a church pastor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls becoming the pastor of Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his pastorate of Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith recalls the challenges he faced at Mother African Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his projects at Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his role as a deputy grand master of Prince Hall Freemasonry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his role as a deputy grand master of Prince Hall Freemasonry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes Prince Hall Freemasonry's community involvement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his plans as grand master of Prince Hall Freemasonry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes the lessons of Prince Hall Freemasonry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about historically black colleges, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about historically black colleges, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith talks about public education
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his HIV advocacy work
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith describes his legacy