PRLog - Jan. 22, 2010 - The Rev. Kelly Miller Smith Jr. used to think all families' dinner-table talk revolved around how to get one's child enrolled in a segregated school. He was 5 years old when his father, the first NAACP Nashville chapter president, became one of the first parents to sue to integrate the city's schools.
Rev. Kelly Miller Smith Jr. gets a standing ovation after delivering his speech
"What you remember is the brick thrown into a home, the house set on fire," said Smith, 55, a Hillsboro High School graduate and pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church-East in Knoxville. "My sister had dogs sicced on her."
On Monday, Smith delivered a speech to thousands on the Tennessee State University campus, observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day 50 years after his father filed that desegregation lawsuit and a year into the term of the nation's first African-American president. He said the invitation to speak made him reflect on the enormous impact having those dinnertime conversations, and taking action despite the dangers, had on this nation.
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