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About the Book

All hail to the queen. The queen of any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) is a prominent figure and role model. Within the safe haven of the academic and cultural incubator specific to HBCUs, the campus queen is the pinnacle of college success for some Black women. The Legacy of the Crown: Miss Virginia Union University provides a historical glimpse of previous women who have held the prestigious title. Queen authors, women who have held the title of Miss VUU, share their memorable experiences, lessons they learned, and the legacy they left behind to the next generation of Black queens. This collection of history in words and pictures is a celebration of the culture, inspiration, and strength of not only Virginia Union University and the queens that graced those “hallowed grounds,” but for everyone who relishes in the beauty of the HBCU experience and wisdom for young women around the globe.

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Her impressive twenty-one-year business background in financial services coupled with over twenty years of head coaching experience at the Junior College, University, and Professional levels provides her with the leadership skills and knowledge to successfully manage and operate the Roadrunners and produce a quality product. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Union University. She is a Regional Director for her online home-based business dealing in Essential Services. She is a graduate of Virginia Union University in 1983. She earned her master’s degree twenty-six years later from Nyack College in 2009. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., an NCAA Division II National Women's Basketball Championship winner, and has been inducted into five halls of fame; twice in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association as a player and later with her National Championship Team. She is the proud mother of Robert Collier Jr and Vicki Collier and grandmother of Khai & Saana Collier and Harmony Michelle Wallace. 

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Barvenia Wooten, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. She is a published author. Her book, Up & Running, The Journey Continues was published and released for sale in December 2019. After spending over twenty years of coaching at the collegiate level, she has started her own franchise in November 2019, The Richmond Roadrunners with the Women’s Professional Basketball Association, and later joined the Women American Basketball Association (WABA) sister organization to the American Basketball Association (ABA) in May 2020. Prior to the Richmond Roadrunners, she spent the last three years as Head Coach of Florida State College at Jacksonville Women’s Basketball Program, five years at her alma mater, Virginia Union University, and ten years at Prince Georges Community College. 

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