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Meet the messenger bringing the Grandfather of the Civil Rights Movement’s message back to the Republican Party
K. Carl Smith may soon be one of the most influential people in America you have never heard of…until now.
Most certainly, Mr. Smith is one of the most important people grassroots conservatives and Republican Party leaders should be listening to right now. Yet, his message is not really partisan. It is American.
While you could call Mr. Smith a community organizer (of sorts), that would seem to be doing him an injustice. You see, K. Carl Smith is more than a mere community organizer. Mr. Smith is a messenger.
More specifically, he is a messenger of what he calls Frederick Douglass Conservatism and thatmessage, as you’ll hear in a few moments, transcends the barriers brought on by race, sex, creed, age or national origin.
While you may not know K. Carl Smith, you may have seen his message–or, rather, Frederick Douglass’ message–when Louisiana State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory’s party switch from Democrat to Republican made national news. Smith had been working with Guillory a couple of months before his switch went viral.
Several months ago, I had the privilege of meeting of K. Carl Smith, who heads the Frederick Douglass Republicans.
While he only spoke for a few minutes at the meeting I attended, his message resonated so profoundly that I have wanted for months to provide you with access to him and his message.
For this reason, I was happy when I bumped into him at the RedState Gathering in New Orleans this weekend and was thrilled to learn that he would be sharing his message at one of the break-out sessions.
As you will see in a moment, K. Carl Smith’s message is not about today’s Republican Party, it is about the Republican Party of Frederick Douglass, of Abraham Lincoln, and of Dwight Eisenhower.
More importantly, however, Mr. Smith’s message is more about what tomorrow’s Republican Party should and could be.