Fred O. Smith Sr. is a retired Georgia Department of Labor official, and he oversaw a multi-million-dollar budget and more than 100 employees. His community involvement includes Co-Founder of the Athens Area Black History Bowl. He is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and a member of Clarke NAACP education committee, in addition to his involvement on the board of the AHS.
Fred is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 Dr. Ray McNair Lifetime Achievement Award and the Zeta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s 2018 Athens Citizen of the Year. In 2017, he, along with his wife, received the University of Georgia President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award. The NAACP awarded him the Ralph Mark Gilbert Award for his activism on behalf of the enslaved people burial grounds on the University of Georgia campus.