Board of Directors
The 11th Annual
Black Belt African American Genealogy Conference and Family History
Fair will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Selma-Dallas
County Public Library in Historic Selma, Alabama. FREE and open to the
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Linda Kenney Miller
Linda Kenney Miller was born in Washington,
DC and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is a graduate of Fisk
University with a B.A. in English. She taught English and Reading in
the District of Columbia Public School System, while taking graduate
courses at Howard University, where she published Realism in Black
Poetry as part of a curriculum guide for public school teachers. In
1975, she entered the health care field, working as a medical
administrator for her father, Howard Washington Kenney, M.D., and
remained in the field for over thirty years. She also started a
medical management consulting business, H.W.K. Associates, which
served numerous physicians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
for many years.
Linda was inspired
to begin writing Beacon on the Hill, a book about her
grandfather, John Andrew Kenney, M.D., after inheriting his medical
papers and journals dating back to 1905. Discovering her amazing
family history for the first time in John Kenney’s cardboard boxes,
she was inspired to give up her medical management career and become
an advocate for telling not only his story but those of many of our
other African American unsung heroes. Linda feels that studying our
history and understanding the struggles of our ancestors, we are
offered a blueprint upon which to mold our strategies for longevity of
the race going forward.
Beacon on the
Hill, garnered four national book awards. Linda was the first
African American female to win the prestigious USA Book News Award for
Best African American/Historical Fiction in separate categories two
years in a row, 2008 and 2009. Beacon on The Hill also won an
Indie Excellence Award and a coveted Benjamin Franklin Award from the
Independent Book Publishers Association. Linda was also a Georgia
Author of the Year Finalist.
Beacon on the
Hill is being optioned for a limited television series by a well-
known producer and Linda is busy working on the screenplay. Look for
it in the near future.
Connect to Us
Feb 16-18, 2007
Feb 15-17, 2008
Suhaila Rowe, Josephine Martin and Edna
Turner enjoying the exhibits at Conference 2008.
Feb 20-21, 2009
Keynote speaker Pearl Cleage accepting a
gift of appreciation from the Board of Directors at the Conference 2009
Feb 20, 2010
Julia Cash accepting the 2010
Preservation Award for the Marion Chapter of the Lincolnite Club from
President Elvin Lang.
Feb 18-19, 2011
Participants taking in a presentation at Conference 2011.
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from the past three conferences