By Gail Hairston
(Oct. 20, 2015) — Gerald Smith, University of Kentucky professor of history, the UK Martin Luther King Center scholar-in residence and the Theodore A. Hallam Professor (2015-2017) received the Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award on Oct. 14.
The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to those who have shown outstanding characteristics of servant leadership in bringing people together past racial matters and across lines of ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for the community, according to John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University.
Smith, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, was the kickoff speaker for the university’s Dialogue on Race, a special series of discussions about race through the months of October and November.
He is co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, released earlier this year. He is currently researching and writing a new general history of African Americans in Kentucky.