Dr. Sandra Hamer Smith


Sandra Hamer Smith — Author

Sandra is married to Sylvester Smith. She is a native of Grand Junction, Tennessee.  She has been a Christian since her teen years. Smith has been writing fiction since the mid 90's.  Currently, she is a 5th grade ELA teacher with the Memphis Business Academy Network of Schools.  She received an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis in May 2018.  Sandra has lived in Memphis, Tennessee since 1983 arriving at then Memphis State University to pursue her collegiate education. 


The author of GLORY THE HAIR has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Memphis. She has a Master's of Arts in teaching from the U of M. Smith also has an ED.S in Educational Leadership from Union University. She worked with the Shelby County School system from 1999 to 2017 starting as a substitute teacher.  Before teaching school, Smith was an overnight anchor/reporter at WMC-TV 5 in Memphis.  She has 13 years of experience in broadcasting and also worked as an assignments editor at TV 5 and WHBQ-TV in Memphis.  She has previously worked with Black Entertainment Television news as a freelance correspondent.  In the Memphis market, she was a radio talk show host at WLOK-AM 1340, a writer for the Tri-State Defender in Memphis and Contempora Magazine in Nashville, Tennessee and a DJ for WUMR-92 FM. 


In addition to being an author and speaker, Smith is also a poet and playwright.  She worked and helped to found Young Filmmakers Foundation. She was director of this non-profit for 9 years. The foundation provided quality after-school and summer programs to inner-city youth at no cost to them or their families. Her play "Truancy" has been performed three times before Memphis audiences at the Rose Theatre on the campus of the University of Memphis.


Smith is a member of Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.  She is also a past member of the Grizzlies Fan Advisory Board. She is still a huge Grizzlies fan.