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Mark Twain’s Influence on African Americans and Society | Michael Smith | Friday | May 10th 2024

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



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Michael, a native Mississippian received his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Rust College, Holly Springs, MS. and a Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Educational Administration, and Supervision. A veteran educator of 33 years having served as a history and science teacher, basketball coach, President of the Shelby County, (TN.) Educators Association; assistant principal, student support services coordinator and Principal with school districts in North Mississippi, Memphis City, and Shelby County, Tennessee where he retired in 2017.

Throughout his personal and professional life Mike has received numerous awards and recognitions on a local, and state level. He has been a tireless and dedicated public servant, an advocate for the arts and humanities and an individual who build bridges to others. Mike is the founder and President of the Northern Nevada Cultural Foundation a (501c-3) organization.

Since moving to Carson City in June 2017, he resides with his lovely wife Margaret a fifth generation Nevadan. In 2018 he launched Ideas on Tap-a monthly series of interactive contemporary issues. He served as a board member on the Carson City, Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee (RACC) (2017-2020), and a board of trustee with the Carson City Symphony Association (2018- 2020).

 Through his fortitude to be a public servant, Mike was also a candidate for Carson City Board of Supervisors. Ward 4 in 2020.  He is also an active member of Alpha of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Nu Nu chapter-Reno)

Mike serves as Vice-Chair on Nevada’s Employee Management Relations Board (EMRB).  He currently sits on the Carson City Cultural Commission board, he has one adult son Phillip, who resides in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mike credits both of his adopted parents for shaping and molding his career in education, and instilling in him life-long skills, coupled with the intestinal fortitude to accomplish and overcome any, and all obstacles. Some of Mike’s hobbies and interest includes, reading, cooking, and showcasing his musical talents as a singer and saxophonist.


May 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Brewery Arts Center | East Building | Grand Ballroom
CARSON CITY, NV 89703 United States
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