Ken Woodley at Prince Books

Ken Woodley

The Road to Healing:
A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Book Signing
Sunday, June 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Road to Healing recounts a newspaper editor’s successful fight to achieve reparation on behalf of black children denied an education in 1950s Prince Edward County, Virginia

In 1959, in an act of massive resistance to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, public schools in Prince Edward County Virginia closed rather than admit black students. While white students continued their education in whitesonly private schools, black students were left without a formal education for five years until schools were finally forced to integrate.The Road to Healing centers on Woodley’s efforts to establish reparation in the form of statefunded scholarships for African American students, finally realized in 2004. Julian Bond called this the first Civil Rights-era reparation in U. S. history. Filled with political twists and turns, the story follows Woodley’s advocacy in the form of newspaper columns, written for the very paper that had advocated the closures, and in personal dialogue with elected officials, philanthropists, and power brokers at the local, state, and national levels. Through his unceasing efforts, the conscience of the community was awakened to understand the extent of the injustices of the past, and to unite in making amends.


Ken Woodley was a journalist for 36 years at The Farmville Herald, the final 24 years as editor. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, presented Woodley with its prestigious George Mason Award for lasting contributions to journalism.

Event date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
109 E. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510-1613
The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781588383549
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Published: NewSouth Books - April 1st, 2019