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Beacon on the Hill


is the story of John A. Kenney, M.D., an unsung African American hero of the twentieth century who, as the son of ex-slaves, raised himself up to become the personal physician to Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute in rural Alabama  –  the hotbed of the South.  Dr. Kenney overcame incredible   odds, including poverty, illiteracy and death threats from the Ku Klux Klan to become one of the most important physicians of his day.


Based on his journals and private papers dating back to 1897, Beacon on the Hill gives us a glimpse into the mindset of Black doctors who courageously took a stand for what they believed in... no matter what the cost. This generation of medical men trusted that their valiant efforts would inspire future generations to carry the torch; and their sacrifices   must never be forgotten.




Beacon on the Hill is the captivating story of John A. Kenney,
M.D., one of our pioneer Negro physicians of the twentieth
century.  In it we meet the men and women who proved to
the world that the Negro was as equally qualified as any other
American to the rights of equal citizenship and service.”

James Pickens, Jr., Actor
Dr. Richard Webber on Grey’s Anatomy

-Award Winning Author-

Linda Kenney Miller

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