Long active in the NAACP, he chaired the Pittsburgh Branch's Legal Redress Committee when it sued the City of Pittsburgh to integrate the Highland Park swimming pool in 1951. Elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 1968. -- Urban League of Pittsburgh WWW site.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project (Carnegie Museum of Art)
- Group of protesters outside of U.S. Steel building, including Byrd Brown with sign reading "NAACP PGH Branch," and Judge Henry Smith with sign reading "US Steel still has segregated facilities in 1966" (Black-and-white photographs)
- Members of the Greater Pittsburgh Improvement League and NAACP, including Judge Henry Smith to the right wearing a trench coat, and Louis "Hop" Kendrick, gathered in and around a truck parked outside of the Civic Arena with large sign reading "Wake up Negroes, Democrats allow these conditions to exist" (Black-and-white photographs)
- Protesters, including Robert Lavelle and Judge Henry Smith in center, wearing and carrying small banners reading "Let's March," marching on street in downtown Pittsburgh (Black-and-white photographs)