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Kemba Smith

Criminal Justice Advocate, Author of "Poster Child," Abuse Survivor

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 Kemba Smith Biography

Growing up as an only child in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, Kemba Smith led a privileged and sheltered childhood. After graduating from high school in 1989, she left the security of her family to continue her education at the prestigious Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. What happened to Smith in her new campus environment was a nightmare: away from the protective watch of her mother and father and in an attempt to “fit in,” she fell in with the wrong crowd and became involved with a drug dealer. He was a major figure in a crack cocaine ring and drew Smith right in the middle of his life with physical, mental, and emotional abuse, disguised as “love.”

Eventually, after enduring a turbulent four-year relationship with him, Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years and served 6.5 of those in federal prison. Fortunately, she regained her freedom after President Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000. Her case drew support from across the nation and the world in a crusade to reverse a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first time, non-violent offenders. Her story has been featured on CNN, Nightline, Court TV, The Early Morning Show, Judge Hatchett, and a host of other television programs, along with several publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Glamour, People, JET, Emerge, Heat and Soul, and Essence magazines.

Smith’s traumatic real life experience forces today’s students to recognize that there are consequences to their life choices. She has been corporately sponsored to speak at a variety of high schools and college venues by Proctor & Gamble, Bank One Academy, Shell Corporation, BET, Traveler’s Foundation, and Verizon. Rainforest Films also acquired the rights to produce Smith’s life story into a film. Rainforest Films is based out of Atlanta and has produced such acclaimed films as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, Obsessed, Takers, and Think Like a Man.

She is a graduate of Virginia Union University and was a past recipient for a two year Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship for advocates. She has spoken on panels, testifying before Congress and the United Nations regarding a variety of criminal justice issues, including: crack cocaine sentencing, mandatory drug sentencing, women and incarceration, felony disenfranchisement, and re-entry. Currently, Smith is continuing to develop her 501 (c) (3) foundation, the Kemba Smith Foundation.

As a wife, mother, advocate, national public speaker, and author of her long awaited memoir, Poster Child, Smith has received numerous awards and recognitions for her courage and determination to educate the public about the devastating consequences of current drug policies. Ultimately, she knows that there is a lesson in each experience in life, and she has embraced her experience, learned from it, and is now using that experience to teach others.

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Poster Child : The Kemba Smith Story

Poster Child : The Kemba Smith Story

Speaking Topics
  • Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story

  • Personal Responsibility: Today's Choices Are Tomorrow's Consequences

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Domestic Violence, Self Esteem & Relationships: When "Love" Is Really Abuse in Disguise

  • American Drug Policy & Its Devastating Effects

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Kemba Smith

Criminal Justice Advocate, Author of "Poster Child," Abuse Survivor

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Kemba Smith Biography

Growing up as an only child in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, Kemba Smith led a privileged and sheltered childhood. After graduating from high school in 1989, she left the security of her family to continue her education at the prestigious Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. What happened to Smith in her new campus environment was a nightmare: away from the protective watch of her mother and father and in an attempt to “fit in,” she fell in with the wrong crowd and became involved with a drug dealer. He was a major figure in a crack cocaine ring and drew Smith right in the middle of his life with physical, mental, and emotional abuse, disguised as “love.”

Eventually, after enduring a turbulent four-year relationship with him, Smith was sentenced to 24.5 years and served 6.5 of those in federal prison. Fortunately, she regained her freedom after President Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000. Her case drew support from across the nation and the world in a crusade to reverse a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first time, non-violent offenders. Her story has been featured on CNN, Nightline, Court TV, The Early Morning Show, Judge Hatchett, and a host of other television programs, along with several publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Glamour, People, JET, Emerge, Heat and Soul, and Essence magazines.

Smith’s traumatic real life experience forces today’s students to recognize that there are consequences to their life choices. She has been corporately sponsored to speak at a variety of high schools and college venues by Proctor & Gamble, Bank One Academy, Shell Corporation, BET, Traveler’s Foundation, and Verizon. Rainforest Films also acquired the rights to produce Smith’s life story into a film. Rainforest Films is based out of Atlanta and has produced such acclaimed films as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, Obsessed, Takers, and Think Like a Man.

She is a graduate of Virginia Union University and was a past recipient for a two year Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship for advocates. She has spoken on panels, testifying before Congress and the United Nations regarding a variety of criminal justice issues, including: crack cocaine sentencing, mandatory drug sentencing, women and incarceration, felony disenfranchisement, and re-entry. Currently, Smith is continuing to develop her 501 (c) (3) foundation, the Kemba Smith Foundation.

As a wife, mother, advocate, national public speaker, and author of her long awaited memoir, Poster Child, Smith has received numerous awards and recognitions for her courage and determination to educate the public about the devastating consequences of current drug policies. Ultimately, she knows that there is a lesson in each experience in life, and she has embraced her experience, learned from it, and is now using that experience to teach others.

Kemba Smith Videos

  • Kemba Smith Pradia's | WREG Channel News
    Kemba Smith joins WREG News Channel 3 to discuss her experience with abuse and human trafficking: I'm the Voice for the Many Who Deserve Freedom"
  • Interview with Kemba Smith Motivational Speaker
  • Kemba Smith: I'm the Voice for the Many Who Deserve Freedom

Kemba Smith Books

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Kemba Smith Speaking Topics

  • Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story

  • Personal Responsibility: Today's Choices Are Tomorrow's Consequences

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Domestic Violence, Self Esteem & Relationships: When "Love" Is Really Abuse in Disguise

  • American Drug Policy & Its Devastating Effects

FAQs on booking Kemba Smith

  • How to book Kemba Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kemba Smith for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kemba Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kemba Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kemba Smith?

    Booking fees for Kemba Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kemba Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kemba Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kemba Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kemba Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kemba Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kemba Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kemba Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story, Personal Responsibility: Today's Choices Are Tomorrow's Consequences, Overcoming Adversity, Domestic Violence, Self Esteem & Relationships: When "Love" Is Really Abuse in Disguise and American Drug Policy & Its Devastating Effects. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kemba Smith for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kemba Smith generally travels from VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Victoria Rowell, Kathy LeMay, Malaak Compton, Kimberley Locke and Judge Glenda Hatchett. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kemba Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kemba Smith Speaker Videos

  • Kemba Smith Pradia's | WREG Channel News
    Kemba Smith joins WREG News Channel 3 to discuss her experience with abuse and human trafficking: I'm the Voice for the Many Who Deserve Freedom"
    Interview with Kemba Smith Motivational Speaker
  • Kemba Smith: I'm the Voice for the Many Who Deserve Freedom

Kemba Smith Speaking Topics

  • Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story

  • Personal Responsibility: Today's Choices Are Tomorrow's Consequences

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Domestic Violence, Self Esteem & Relationships: When "Love" Is Really Abuse in Disguise

  • American Drug Policy & Its Devastating Effects

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