Craig Marshall Smith Is Named President of The Black Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: August 29, 2006

NEW YORK — The Society of North American Hockey Historians And Researchers (“Sonahhr”) have announced that African-Canadian, and Nova Scotia native, Craig Marshall Smith, has been named to the position of President of the Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame.

Mr. Craig Marshall Smith is a Corporal with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is one of only a handful of African Canadians to have ever worn an RCMP uniform.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in north-end Halifax, Nova Scotia. He served on the Halifax City Police Department’s Police & Black Community Liaison Committee as committee member and co-chair from it’s inception in 1992 until it was disbanded in 1996.

From 1992 to 1995 he served as a member of the National Contact Group of the Urban Rural Mission (URM Canada). He was a steering committee member and participated in meetings and discussions between American counterparts and URM world head office in Geneva, Switzerland on matters pertaining to the formation of a unified North American URM.

From 1992 to 1994 he also served on the Multicultural Liaison Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He has created a number of educational tools that celebrate and acknowledge African Canadian and Nova Scotian achievement and history.

In 1993, he and his wife Lisa Adams-Smith created the Black First’s in Nova Scotia poster; in 1996 the African Canadians of Achievement poster; and in 2000 the Historic Black Maritimes poster. That same year, Mr. Smith created and published Journey, an African Canadian educational resource guide and the accompanying teachers instructional guide.

Journey highlights 78 outstanding African Canadians and their accomplishments. In 2000 he was appointed to the African Canadian Advisory Committee to the Nova Scotia Community College.

Mr. Smith was inducted into the Dr. Rev. William P. Oliver Black Wall of Honour by the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia in February 1999. In 2002 he was named to the inaugural Who’s Who in Black Canada – 2002. He is a 2003 Winner of the Canadian National Griot Award for Community Service.

He is the author of the recently released book You Had Better Be White By 06:00 A.M.:African Canadian History in the RCMP. The book chronicles the often turbulent history that has existed between Black Canadian society and the Canadian policing community chronicling the work that has been done to build bridges between the two groups.

Mr. Smith also completed a follow-up to Journey entitled: 50 African Canadians of Achievement, which he presenting to the Boys & Girls Club and School Board of Alachua County in Gainesville, Florida during Black History Month 2006.

He has been married for 20 years to Lisa Adams-Smith and has two daughters. In addition to serving on the SONAHHR CANADA Board of Directors, he is one of the founding members of the inaugural Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conference recently held in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Part of his mandate will be to work with a Board of Directors of the Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame to establish a permanent Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.