Huntington, WV Black History

George K. Smith

Community Activist

George K. Smith was a community activist who was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement in Huntington during the 1960s.

Smith was a graduate of Douglass High School in Huntington. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force. After his discharge, he was active in several singing groups, appearing at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

He was active in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, serving as president of the NAACP in Huntington. He attended several demonstrations and sit-ins, meeting Robert Kennedy and Sgt. Shriver in Washington, D.C.

After moving his family to Lansing, Michigan in 1967, Smith was active in the youth programs, coaching basketball, football and baseball for the Pop Warner League. He also served as commissioner of the league and served on the Lansing Police Community Relations Board.

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