Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Poster Child: The Life of Kemba Smith

Poster Child: The Life of Kemba Smith
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

In 1994 Hampton University student and Richmond native Kemba Smith began serving a 24-year sentence as a result of a turbulent four-year relationship with a major figure in the crack cocaine trade. Her crime: attempting to “fit in” with the wrong crowd. After serving six and a half years she was granted clemency by President Clinton in 2000. Since then, she has used her life story to crusade against the rise of lengthy sentences for first time nonviolent drug offenders. Smith offers an inspirational and cautionary tale of perseverance and courage in her quest to teach all Americans that there are consequences to their life choices. A book signing will follow. This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Thanks to our programming sponsors: Style Weekly (media) and Middleburg Trust Company (education).

Researching African American Records in the Library of Virginia and Bedford County Courthouse
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, 201 E. Main St., Bedford 540-586-4520,, Free

Greg Crawford, local records archivist at the Library of Virginia, and Karen Glover, deputy clerk of the Bedford Circuit Court, will discuss the free Negro and slave records that are located at the Library of Virginia and the Bedford County Courthouse.

You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.

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