Penny Blue

On Feb. 27, Kegley Lectures features Penny Blue who will discuss her book, A Time to Protest: Leadership Lessons from My Father Who Survived the Segregated South for 99 Years. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Books will be available for sale.

Blue says, “This book is a book of history—the history of America that helped shape my ancestors’ environments, along with my father’s stories of protest that helped shape mine and my siblings’ lives.”

She describes her father’s experience navigating the politics and powers of the segregated south in southwestern Virginia as he left a legacy of protest through the way he lived his life and the stories he shared with his 10 children.

Penny Blue was born in Rocky Mount, Va., and raised on a tobacco farm in Union Hall. She has a mathematics degree from Hampton University, an MBA from Duke University and a certification in project management. She retired from IBM and is currently the VA Program Manager for Red, Wine, & Blue and owner of Penny Wise Gateway Llc. When her father was 95 years old, she returned home, in part, to help care for him.

This lecture celebrates Black History Month. Kegley Lectures are named in honor of the late George Kegley. They are open to members for free and to non-members for $5. Refreshments are served.