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Longtime FAMU professor inducted into Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Posted at 5:40 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 06:11:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A longtime Florida A&M professor will be inducted into Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Dr. Charles Ullman Smith was a a civil rights leader and a long-time faculty member at FAMU.

In 1948, Smith completed his Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University where he was the second African American to earn a Ph.D. at the University.

After graduation, Dr. Smith served as chair of the Department of Sociology and dean of graduate studies at FAMU.

He was active in the civil rights movement including the Tallahassee Bus Boycott of 1956 and the lunch counter sit-ins of 1960.

In 2016, the 60th anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott was named in his honor.

The induction ceremony starts at 7 p.m. at FSU's University Center Club.