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.
Janiel (Montgomery) Youngblood, a native of Glassboro, NJ, attended Lambs Road Academy, where she graduated valedictorian. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Virginia Union University ‘01 and her MBA from Strayer University ‘04. Janiel is a CPA and has also received certifications through Start Church University’s Certified Church Executive Program and Prosci Change Management Certificate Program.
Professionally, Janiel is a Senior Business Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where she has worked since her college internship. She also serves as a “Financial Lighthouse” guiding church leaders toward greater financial stewardship through her church financial consulting firm, Janiel Youngblood & Associates, LLC. Janiel is an author of a poetry collection, Expressions of Grace, and co-author of #MinistryThatImpacts.
Janiel resides in Richmond, VA with her husband Robert and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys running and writing poetry.
Janiel can be followed on Facebook and Instagram at @JanielYoungbloodAssociates or www.janielyoungbloodassociates.com