A son of ex-slaves raises himself up to be a physician and the personal physician to Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. John A. Kenney, M.D. is one of the most important unsung African American heroes of the twentieth century. Beacon on the Hill is based on Kenney's papers and journals dating back to 1895. 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, New Jersey he built his own hospital for blacks which he gave to the people of Newark as a Christmas gift in 1934. This novel demonstrates the trials and tribulations of the Negro physician in the 20th century and offers an explanation of the slave mentality which plagued the race then and now.
|Publisher:||Harper House Publishers|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Linda Kenney Miller, a graduate of Fisk University and a former English school teacher, is the granddaughter of John A. Kenney, M.D., the subject of Beacon on the Hill. The novel is a tribute to her grandfather and to the early pioneers in Negro medicine. From her childhood growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama to her thirty year career in medical management, Linda Kenney 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.