Wednesday, August 11, 2021
A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses
Kudos to Alyce Miller, professor, history, whose co-authored article, “A New Era in Building: African American Educational Activism in Goochland County, Virginia, 1911–32,” was recognized as the overall best article to appear in the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography (VMHB), a quarterly journal with articles and book reviews on topics encompassing all periods of Virginia’s long social, political and cultural history. It is one of the oldest continuously published scholarly journals in the nation.
Alyce and her co-author, Brian J. Daugherity, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, received the William M. E. Rachal Award for their article, an award that was established in 1985 to recognize the overall best article to appear in the VMHB. Each year a committee of the journal’s editorial advisory board selects the author whose essay has best advanced the cause of scholarship in Virginia history. The award includes a cash prize and honors the long-time editor of the journal, Will Rachal, who served from 1953 to 1980.
“In this article, Daugherity and Miller examine local efforts to increase educational opportunities for rural African Americans in the broader context of educational advocacy across the state and the South,” explained the award committee. “The authors constructed this history of educational activism in Goochland County from a compelling array of county records, regional philanthropic records and interviews they conducted with Goochland County educational activists. By setting their study in conversation with histories of the ‘long’ civil rights movement and educational activism during the Jim Crow era, Daugherity and Miller show how one rural Black community contributed to regional and national efforts to achieve school equalization efforts in later decades.”