George Bundy Smith (April 7, 1937 – August 5, 2017) was a lawyer and judge in
New York State. While he was a law student at
Yale University, he participated in the
Freedom Ride from
Atlanta, Georgia, to
Smith was born in New Orleans in 1937.
 He grew up in
Washington, D.C. and attended
Phillips Academy, where he was the only
African-American in the Class of 1955.
 He received an A.B. degree from
Yale University in 1959 and an LL.B. from
Yale Law School in 1962. In 1961,
William Sloane Coffin invited second-year law student Smith to go to
Montgomery, Alabama as a
Freedom Rider. He and ten other Freedom Riders were arrested in the
Montgomery bus station in May 1961 and convicted of breach of the peace; their convictions were later reversed by the
United States Supreme Court.