Sam Smith
Sam Smith was on the front lines of many of the struggles in the District of Columbia from the mid 1960s until after the turn of the century as a progressive journalist/activist..

In 1966 Smith took part in a day-long SNCC boycott of Washington DC transit buses, giving rides to boycotters with his car.

After his article on the action appeared, Smith was visited by the local chair of SNCC, Marion Barry who was seeking help with public relations and a long relationship was established.

That same year, 1966, Smith launched a community newspaper called the Capitol East Gazette to serve a largely poor, black neighborhood of Washington DC.

Aided by a $2,000 grant from a local Lutheran church, the Gazette went on to cover such issues as plans to build a huge network of freeways in the city, the war on poverty, public education, neighborhood battles, and urban planning.

Smith’s paper was pro-civil rights and anti-Vietnam War

Smith also became a vociferous advocate of statehood for the District of Columbia and was a founder of the D.C. Statehood Party

In 1969, the paper was renamed the DC Gazette and became a citywide alternative newspaper.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the activist journalist Smith was a fixture at demonstrations, picket lines, public hearings, press conferences and meetings of activist causes of many stripes.

Smith later help found the Green Party.

In 1984, the Gazette’s name was changed to Progressive Review which published until 2004. Smith was also the author of a number of books.

Progressive Review and its Gazette predecessors are online at
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