James P. Smith
Dr. Smith's publications include Civic Virtue: Cato's Letters, the Founding Fathers, and the New Mississippi (1992) and articles in Albion, The Journal of Canadian Studies, and the Journal of Negro History. With Dr. Gilbert Mason, he has published Beaches, Blood, and Ballotts: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle (2000), the first monograph to make extensive use of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission records. He has received the Carter G. Woodson Prize for an article about race and political reform in the British West Indies. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Humanities Council and coordinates the history program at Gulf Park. His current research focuses on the British Imperial reform in the late nineteenth century.
Dr. Smith was recently elected to the Board of the Brown Condor Historical Association of Mississippi. This group is devoted to researching and celebrating the life and times of black Mississippi pioneering aviator, John C. Robinson of Gulfport. Robinson was instrumental in helping create the flight training school at Tuskegee and became a hero of Ethopian resistance to Italian facism. In Ethiopia, aviator John C. Robinson is celebrated as an important national hero. The association sponsored a major public program on Robinson’s life at the Gulf Coast campus in March 2002, which drew about 250 persons from the community. The Brown Condor Association is collecting oral histories from senior citizens who remember the life and times of this Coast hero. Their aim is to eventually create a museum devoted to aviation history and to documenting the life of the community that produced Col. John C. Robinson.