Smith, Michael Clay


A professor of criminal justice at the University of Southern Mississippi and a journalist during the 1960's. Smith was born in 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa. After his family's move to Jackson, Mississippi in 1954, Smith attended the University of Mississippi. As a student, he became the Oxford correspondent for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and reported many events of the civil rights era, including the enrollment of James Meredith at Ole Miss. Smith worked as the state house reporter for the Jackson Daily News and as a correspondent for both the United Press International and the Associated Press newsgathering services. He continued his education for many years obtaining several degrees including a master's in Social Ethics and a Doctorate of Ministry.

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