"Beacon on the Hill" author to speak at SHC April 13

Tue, 03/23/2010 (All day)

March 23, 2010

Mobile, Ala. – The Spring Hill College Department of History will host a discussion and book signing by Linda Kenney Miller, author of “Beacon on the Hill,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in the Gautrelet Room on campus.

“Beacon on the Hill” is based on the papers and journals of John A. Kenney, M.D., one of the most important unsung African-American heroes of the 20th century. A son of ex-slaves, Kenney became the personal physician to Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Kenney traveled with Booker T. Washington on his Goodwill Tours throughout the South, founded a hospital for blacks at Tuskegee, and was forced out of Alabama by the Ku Klux Klan. Relocating to Newark, N.J., he built his own hospital for blacks that he gave to the people of Newark as a Christmas gift in 1934.

Miller, a graduate of Fisk University and a former English teacher, is the granddaughter of John A. Kenney, M.D. From her childhood growing up in Tuskegee, Ala., to her 30-year career in medical management, Miller was able to appreciate the horrific trials and tribulations the Negro medical profession had to overcome to survive and prosper in the 20th century. She researched her family history and that of the National Medical Association to write this book as a tribute to her grandfather's groundbreaking work in black history and medicine.

The discussion is free and open to the public. The Gautrelet Room at SHC is located on the first floor, southeast corner of the Gregory F. Lucey, S.J. Administration Center.