Michael Joseph Smith, a resident of Hernando, Mississippi graduated from Hernando High School in 1972, he received his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Rust College (1977). In 1991 he received his Ed.S in Supervision & Education Leadership from the University of Mississippi. In 1988-89 he served as President of the Memphis-Rust College Alumni Club-under his leadership they received the alumni club of the year. Michael is also an active member with the DeSoto County Metro Rust College Alumni Chapter.
Smith is a veteran educator, having served in the capacity as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Student Support Services Coordinator, and Principal. He has worked in the DeSoto County Schools (MS.) North Panola Schools (MS.) Memphis City Schools, and currently with Shelby County School District as the founding Principal of Hope Academy, a transition school providing academic instruction for teens detained in Shelby County Juvenile Court. Mr. Smith, is the proud father of one adult son (Phillip) who resides in Grand Prairie, Texas. He is the eldest of four brothers. He credits his parents Mrs. Dorothy Ann Smith, and the late W.E. Bingham for instilling in him the virtues and values of life; and the importance of life-long learning.
Some of his hobbies include reading, cooking, golfing and playing his saxophones with various bands in the Mid-South. A former Vice-Chairman of the Desoto County Democratic Party, and a past board member of the Mississippi Democratic Party Executive Committee. Mr. Smith is the Founder and President of the North Mississippi Cultural Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. In 2011 he received the Trailblazer Award among distinguished African-Americans in DeSoto County. He mentors youth in DeSoto County through Saving Our Sons-Mississippi, a premier mentoring organization he co-founded.
He is Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Psi Mu Mu Chapter), a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia Fraternity, and a Master Mason. Michael is a motivational speaker, a political/civil rights advocate. Michael was a candidate for the Southaven Board of Alderman, in 2009 and ran unsuccessfully for the Mississippi State Senate District 19 in 2012.
Mr. Smith has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He was selected as an outstanding young man of America in 1981. In 2014 he was named DeSoto County’s NAACP Community Activist of the year. This year he was recognized by the North Mississippi of
Alpha Men receiving their coveted “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major for Justice Award” for the work he does in the community. In addition he was recognized by the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as the recipient of their Social Action Community Award. One of his favorite quotes is… Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Bro. James E. Williams, Vice-Basileus of Psi Mu-Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi is originally from Greenwood, MS, he graduated from Amanda Elzy H.S in 1981, and went on to earn his Bachelors from Mississippi Valley State University in 1987. Bro. Williams was iniated into Omega Psi Phi, Inc. by Epsilon Phi Chapter in 1989. Bro. Williams is employed as the Director for Diersen Charities Memphis, in which he exemplifies the companies motto of “Healing the Human Spirit”.
Vonneosis C Stapleton is a native of Shelby,MS. He graduated from Broad Street High in 1993. He attended Jackson State University where he completed his BS in biology. In the year 2001, Vonn finished his Applied science/business degree with the focus of mortuary science. Also in that year he was birthed into Omega Psi Phi, spring 2001 Beta Alpha Chapter.
Bro. Eric C. Powell is a 1993 graduate of Port Gibson High School. He received his B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University. Bro Powell was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2008 through Eta Tau Chapter in Port Gibson, MS.
Brother John Keith Perry, Jr, was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1993 through the Iota Beta Chapter (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). Brother Perry gained his B.A in 1994 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, then gained his J.D in 1998 from the University of Mississippi.