Educate yourself when no one else will. – Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews
A native of Henrico County, Virginia, Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from George Mason University and a Masters in Adult Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Education, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is the author of Forever Friends: Angela released in 2023, Images of America: Richmond’s First African Baptist Church, released in 2023, Forever Friends: Kimberly released in 2022, Forever Friends, released in 2020, Images of America: The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement, released in 2020 and Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters, released in 2017.
Her projects focus on empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and leadership, with the goal to engage and educate a new generation to the sacrifices of our ancestors and to encourage a continued quest for empowerment and equality for all.
Playing teacher and writing stories were her two favorite childhood pastimes. She is currently writing a book of poetry. Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is the aunt to six wonderful nieces and nephews.
2023-2024 FellowEast End Cemetery Collaboratory
June 2023 Book ReleasedForever Friends: Angela
April 2023 Outstanding Faculty AwardOmicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society Virginia Commonwealth University Circle
January 2023 Book ReleasedImages of America: Richmond’s First African Baptist Church
December 2022 Induction into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor SocietyVirginia Commonwealth University Circle
January 2022 Book ReleasedForever Friends: Kimberly
2022-2023 African American Alumni Circle Mentoring Program MentorVirginia Commonwealth University
February 2021 Received the Black History in the Making Award
June 2020 Completed Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM)
June 2020 Book ReleaseForever Friends
February 2020 Books ReleasedImages of America: The Richmond 34 and The Civil Rights Movement
December 2019 Graduate of Going Online@VCU
November 2019 Poem featured in the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Conference Program
August 2019 Graduate of the Leadership Education AcademyInternational Leadership Association
July 2019 Community service trip to Belize
July 2018 Community service trip to Belize
November 2018 Presenter at Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Conference
July 2017 Community service trip to Belize
June 2017 Book ReleasedImages of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters. The book was also selected as a finalist in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
June 2014 Graduate of The Grace E. Harris Leadership InstituteHIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program
May 2012 Doctor of PhilosophyVirginia Commonwealth University
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ME
I got to know Dr. Kimberly Matthews after she joined SPBC Toastmasters in 2011. Over the years, I have seen her grow from a quiet speaking person into a polished and confident speaker. She has taken on projects with dedication and enthusiasm. Her most recent accomplishment is her book, “Images in Modern America: The Richmond Crusade of Voters,” which has become widely acclaimed and a best seller. One thing I like about Kimberly is her calm nature and her ability to look at situations fairly and clearly. She is thorough in everything she does and tackles all with diligence. I have found the experience of knowing and being on a team with Kimberly both inspiring and delightful.