A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, the Yale Divinity School, where she earned her M.Div, and United Theological Seminary, where she studied under the late Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the Rev. Dr. Charles Booth.

Dr. Smith was the pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, for 22 years.  She recently worked with the SpiritHouse Project, under the direction of Ruby Sales, studying the incidence of extrajudicial murders involving black people and law enforcement agencies since 2007, and served as the Gordon G. Cosby Seasoned Voices Fellow.

As a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc., she participated in and was head commissioner of hearings conducted to study the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on urban populations.

Dr. Smith is the author of several books; her most recent book was “The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.”  Her other books include, “Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives,” “Forgive WHO?” and “From Calvary to Victory.” I also authored a children’s book, “Carla and Annie.” In addition to establishing a non profit, “Crazy Faith Ministries,” she is also the authorized biographer of the Rev. C.T. Vivian, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement and who was much responsible for the movement in Selma to secure voting rights for African Americans.


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