Dr. Barbara K. Hughes Smith, a native Detroiter, attended the Detroit Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Smith is presently a licensed professional counselor (LPC) serving as guidance supervisor for the Detroit Public Schools.
Dr Smith has held the position of vice chair of the Charles H. Wright Museum’s Women’s Committee; she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Great Lakes Chapter of the Links Incorporated, the Sophisticates, and the Original Willing Workers Society. She currently serves on the boards of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)-Detroit- area and the North American Black Historical Museum (NABHM).
Three of Dr. Smith’s passions are genealogy, including the Underground Railroad, aerobic exercise and golf. She is most proud of her Canadian heritage on both her maternal and paternal lines and is proficient in her genealogical research; she has given presentations on related topics. In 2000-2001, Dr Smith served on Detroit 300 Committees in both Wayne and Essex Counties and chaired a reception at Second Baptist Church for the descendents of Underground Railroad fugitives and operatives. As a board member of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society and a founding member of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, she has formed partnerships with related organizations.