Woodley to debut new book at Moton

Published 11:50 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Moton Museum will welcome Ken Woodley, former editor of The Farmville Herald, on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. as he offers a presentation and signs copies of his debut book “The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia.” Woodley’s debut book is a first-person account of efforts to heal the wounds experienced by the Prince Edward County community as a result of the public-school closings in 1959.

“The Road to Healing” centers on Woodley’s efforts to establish reparation in the form of state-funded scholarships for students impacted by the public-school closings. Filled with political twists and turns, the story follows Woodley’s advocacy through his work on the editorial pages of The Farmville Herald.

Cam Patterson, managing director of the Moton Museum shared the following regarding Woodley’s debut book and the upcoming event at the museum. “I love the detail that Ken offers through his words as he lays out the fight for the Brown v. Board Scholarships. It made me feel as if I was right there beside him for the fight. Our community and Commonwealth are better because of his work to fight for racial healing and reconciliation. Ken has done a great deal to help so many learn and understand the contributions of our local community in the fight for educational equality. We at the Moton Museum are thankful that Ken will be able to share his words with us as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the public-school closings here in Prince Edward County.”