Linda Kenney Miller is an American author. Born in Washington, D.C., she was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama during the tumultuous era in which racism and segregation were the norm. Her love of reading provided an escape from the indignities of the time and her early childhood education on the campus of Tuskegee Institute (now University) at Chambliss Children’s House enabled her to formulate her writing skills. Linda attended a Quaker boarding school, Oakwood, in Poughkeepsie, NY for high school and graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in English.
The impetus for Beacon on the Hill was the discovery in her deceased grandfather’s papers her own family history of which she had been unaware. John A. Kenney, M.D. passed away in 1950 and left his papers for his family to publish. Linda inherited these papers in 2000 and decided to take on the task – what she discovered was life changing. Not only was he a giant in Negro medicine; he put his life on the line to ensure that his race was treated fairly by the federal government which ultimately conceded to his demands and the pressure from the National Medical Association.
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 two separate categories two years in a row, 2008 and 2009. The book 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.