Dr. Aaron X. Smith

Dr. Aaron X. Smith was raised in Montclair NJ, he holds a BA in Asian Studies, an MA in Liberal Arts, an MA in African American Studies and a PhD in African American Studies (all from Temple University).  Dr. Aaron X. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University in the Department of Africology and African American Studies.  

He is the author of "The Murder of Octavius Catto" (Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia 2015), and a number of articles and other writings.  In 2015 he received the Dr. Molefi Kete Asante Award for academic excellence and innovation in the field of African American Studies.  He teaches in the Department of Africology and African American Studies and will continue his research for a new book offering a contemporary analysis and application of the Afrocentric Paradigm codified by Dr. Ama Mazama.

Dr. Smith is also an ordained Deacon through the pastoral leadership of James S. Hall of the Triumph Baptist Church.  Dr. Smith has celebrated 11 years of marriage with his wonderful wife, Reverend Davitra Y. Smith.  The couple has two amazing children, Jeniece, 7 and Bakari, 5.  

Dr. Smith and Rev. Smith are the founders of Speak Light, LLC, an inspirational and intellectual speaking company.  Their platform is to share a message of our history, and hope for what is to come.  Speak Light’s aim is to inform, enlighten and influence the next generation to explore their endless possibilities and potential.  With “The Rapping Professor’s” charismatic contemporary presentation and “Vitra the Preacha’s” passionate preaching they pray that God will continue to use them to change lives across the globe. 

Dr. Smith is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and Herbert E. Millen Lodge #151. Dr. Smith is committed to empowerment through education and an end to systematic racism.