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.
Michele Renee (Allen) Williams is a native of Washington, DC, who currently resides in Odenton, Maryland. After graduating from Virginia Union University in 1994, Michele earned an MBA in Organizational Development from Trinity College in Washington, DC.
Currently, Michele serves as Staff Director for the Chief Information Office Cyber and Security Division within the Department of Defense. She also plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.
One of Michele’s greatest skills is the ability to motivate others and help them see their worth and value. She takes great pride in inspiring others to see their vision, understand the power they hold within themselves, and channel their inner strength.
Michele counts mothering her son, Columbia University graduate Devin Michael Williams, as her greatest accomplishment, and her favorite activity is spending time with him. A lover of nature, Michele enjoys cycling, hiking, nature walks and running. She is also a fan of maintaining great mental and emotional health through exercise, Bikram yoga, and healthy eating.
“Moments are not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”