The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement, with authors Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews and Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton
Join co-authors Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews and Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton as they discuss their new book, Images of America: The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement, and the events surrounding the arrest of 34 Virginia Union University students during a sit-in protest in Richmond, Virginia in 1960.
February 22, 1960, bore witness to an event that would forever change the social, political, and economic life of a city, a state, and millions of inhabitants. The arrest of 34 Virginia Union University students during a sit-in protest at the most upscale department store in Richmond, Virginia, heralded the upending of a long-established way of life and a change of direction from which there would be no turning back. The students would see their actions galvanize a community into effecting wide-ranging reforms in desegregation and play a significant role in ending the nearly 70-year grip on power of one of the nation's strongest political machines. Bafflingly, their achievement faded into obscurity, and only in recent years has its importance been recognized. Now, the story of this historic event is told by area scholars, co-authors Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews, and Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton in their new book, The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement. Join co-authors Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews and Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton as they discuss their new book, Images of America: The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement, and the events surrounding the arrest of 34 Virginia Union University students during a sit-in protest in Richmond, Virginia.
Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is a professor of leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Matthews earned her doctorate in education at Virginia Commonwealth University (2012) and began teaching with Virginia Commonwealth University's LEAD living-learning program. She is the author of the history of the Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters.
Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton is a professor of history at Virginia Union University. Dr. Hylton earned his doctorate in history at the University College Dublin, Ireland (1986), and first taught at Virginia Union as an adjunct instructor in 1988. He became a full-time faculty member in 1991 and served as dean and department chair. He is the author of History of Virginia Union University and Ireland's Huguenots & their Refuge: An Unlikely Haven.
A question and answer period will follow the discussion. This program, introduced by Law Librarian Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones, is sponsored by the Richmond Public Law Library.
Meldon Jenkins-Jones is the Community Services Manager at Hull Street Library. As the former Richmond Public Library Law Librarian, she is a founder and the facilitator of the Law Library's Oliver W. Hill Book Club which meets bi-monthly online. The book club is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill (1907–2007), a Richmond African American attorney and civil rights activist. His efforts, along with others, resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional. The Oliver W. Hill Book Club invites readers to explore various books dealing with the law, civil rights, and social justice in America. Meldon also chairs the Get Lit Advisory Committee which supports the Get Lit Reading Initiatives which include the Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER) program and the Lit Chicks Read Book Club led by Dianne Wilmore, LCSM at North Avenue Library.
Meldon is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2022. She was the first recipient of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Librarians of Color Forum Award in 2021. In addition to being an active member of VLA, Meldon was formerly active in the Black Librarians Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, and a past director of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries.
In 2011, Meldon received her Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law--Newark and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she majored in Russian Civilization and minored in Black Studies and physics.
A Richmond resident, Meldon is the mother of two children and enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren.