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The Richmond Crusade for Voters: a book talk and signing by author Kimberly Matthews

Portrait of Kimberly Matthews, a black woman with glasses and short curly hair. She's smiling next to her book, The Richmond Crusade of Voters



James Branch Cabell Library, Room 250
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Kimberly Matthews, Ph.D., presents her book, The Richmond Crusade for Voters (Arcadia Press, 2017). The book details a comprehensive history of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, an activist group created to fight voter suppression. A book-signing will follow the talk.

The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Author

Kimberly Matthews, Ph.D., serves as a professor in VCU LEAD, a living-learning program at Virginia Commonwealth University for undergraduate students interested in leading professional and civic organizations. She is also active in the Richmond Crusade for Voters, a voter education and registration organization founded in 1956 in response to efforts to suppress minority voter turnout. During a stint as editor-in-chief of the organization’s newsletter, Matthews loved to delve into the group’s history and shine a light on overlooked figures who had fought for voting rights.

About the Book

The Richmond Crusade for Voters, founded in 1956 to directly oppose Massive Resistance and the Stanley Plan, has served the city of Richmond for 60 years. Despite efforts to suppress minority voter turnout, the Richmond Crusade for Voters thrived at motivating voters to participate in local, state and national elections. The organization was skilled at mobilizing African American voters, and its purpose, then and now, is to increase the voting strength of the citizens of Richmond. 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.

Read more about Matthews' research for her book.

Image: Portrait of Kimberly Matthews, courtesy of VCUNews, The Richmond Crusade for Voters book cover, courtesy of Arcadia Press.


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