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Minority Matters

"Minority Matters" received a Gold Award in the News & Public Affairs category of the Aurora Awards in 2013.

Minority Matters is a television program dedicated to providing a forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansas' minority communities. The show's goal is to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness for all Arkansans, and to seek solutions to the challenges facing our state.

Sylvester Smith is a businessman, philanthropist, and community leader. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College, and earned his MBA at Harding University.

Six years ago Sylvester founded the Kareem Brown McNeal Foundation (KBM), which he named after his best friend who passed away in 1997. KBM provides mentoring for at risk youth in Little Rock Arkansas. The program teaches young men how the accord themselves as gentleman, the importance of hard work and sacrifice, and prepares them for college.

Sylvester has been politically active for many years and is the only Arkansan who has served on the governing bodies of both the Republican Party of Arkansas and the Democratic Party of Arkansas. He received his first gubernatorial appointment at the age of 19 when Governor Jim Guy Tucker appointed him the Governor’s Commission on Youth Violence Prevention.

Portrait Photo of Sylvester Smith

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