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.
John A. Kenney sacrificed to save his people in a most unusual
way, hoping to justify his existence and encourage others to
follow. His story also offers a premise for the “slave mentality”
that continues to persist and divide the African American race
today.
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Linda Kenney Miller
Author - Beacon on the Hill
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.


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                  Four Time National Book Award Winner!!

  • USA Book News - Beacon on the Hill received the 2009 Best Book Award
    for African American Fiction

  • National Indie Excellence Award2009 Winner for African American
    Fiction.

  • Independent Book Publishers Association - Finalist in the 2009
    Benjamin Franklin Awards for Best First Book – Fiction

  • Georgia Writers Association - Nominee for the prestigious 2009 Georgia
    Author of the Year Award in Fiction.

  • USA Book News - Beacon on the Hill received the 2008 Best Book Award
    for Historical Fiction