Author Information

Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.

Jessie Carney Smith, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar. She is William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Dr. Smith was educated at North Carolina A&T State University, Michigan State University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Illinois. Her work includes Black Firsts and Black Heroes, both published by Visible Ink Press, as well as Notable Black American Women (Book I and II) and Notable Black American Men. Among Dr. Smith's numerous awards are the National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and Sage magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her published works on African American Women.

Titles by this Author

Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events, Third Edition
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Black Firsts 3e

Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Black Firsts 4e

Black Heroes
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Black Heroes

Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D. and Linda T Wynn
Freedom Facts and Firsts

The Handy African American History Answer Book
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Handy African American

Originals! Black Women Breaking Barriers
by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Published 2022