Lawrence Smith is a southwest Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s in sports management. He currently works for the New York City Department of Education as a pre-K program evaluator for schools across New York City. He previously worked for Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem and UNCF in Washington, D.C.
Smith is also a proud father, and he spoke with rolling out about the importance of keeping one’s word.
How would you describe your fatherhood culture?
I try to make sure that our environment at home is one of love, encouragement and accountability.
From a father’s perspective, what two books would you recommend every child read?
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont andThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Why is it important to expose children to education and valuable skills?
Because that is going to sustain them beyond any material asset that I can give them.
Name one life lesson that no one taught you but should have.
How important is keeping your word?
Your character will speak much louder than your reputation, and it is extremely important to me to be honest when I say I will or won’t do something.
When it comes to protecting yourself at all times, physically and mentally, what would you tell your children?
You can’t help anyone else until you take care of yourself. It is never selfish to ensure you are in a good space physically, mentally and spiritually.