Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters
Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters provides a pictorial history of one of the nation’s most influential voter education and voter registration organizations through vintage and contemporary images. Experience each decade predating the birth of the Crusade’s inception in 1956, and see how the many faces of Jim Crow still exist today. The book provides many instances of the dedication and commitment of the men and women, who helped shape not only Richmond’s politics but also Virginia’s government with the likes of L. Douglas Wilder, Dr. William Ferguson Reid, Chuck Richardson, Ruth Tinsley, and Ethel T. Overby. Despite efforts to suppress minority voter turnout, the Richmond Crusade for Voters thrived at motivating voters to participate in local, state, and national elections. In 2016, the Richmond Crusade for Voters celebrated 60 years of empowering and educating voters.
About Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews (Richmond, Virginia Author)
Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is an author, professor, researcher and activist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from George Mason University and her Master of Education in Adult Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her dissertation is entitled the Persistence to Doctoral Completion of African American Men at Predominately White Universities in One Mid-Atlantic State.
Dr. Matthews is passionate about education and history. She knows with great certainty that education changes lives and she is honored to be a part of that process as the VCU LEAD professor. VCU LEAD is a leadership-focused living-learning program for undergraduate students.
History never dies and Dr. Matthews want to educate a new generation to the sacrifices of those who came before us. Encouraging and leading a quest for empowerment and equality through education is my ultimate goal. Dr. Matthews is the author of Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters, released on June 12, 2017. Her book lays out the chronology of the Richmond Crusade for Voters depicted through pictures and discourse. Her interest in local history comes from her desire to preserve Virginia's rich African American heritage and bring to light a small portion of the trials and triumphs of the African American experience.
Dr. Matthews enjoy creative writing, watching old movies on TCM, anything Star Wars, yoga and exploring the beautiful state of Virginia. My newfound passion is traveling abroad.