Boone to headline lecture at Chowan

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Linwood Boone will headline this year’s Rouson Memorial Lecture today at Chowan University.



Boone resides in Hampton with his wife, the former Amanda Battle. He is also the clinical family coordinator at Virginia Support Services Inc. in Suffolk.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. He is the fifth Boone in his family to receive a degree from Temple since its inception.

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Boone will present the lecture titled “Eli Williamston — The Shoemaker’s Son” during the Rouson Memorial Lecture. The lecture is named for the Rev. and Mrs. Rouson, who were noted Hertford County religious leaders whose legacy of religious stewardship, family values and community service lives on today in the lives of their children, former students, co-workers and county residents.

“The purpose of this event is to recognize Christian values, brotherhood, stewardship and the importance of family,” said local historian Alice Eley Jones, “to recognize good Christians who do good deeds for their community.”

Boone received his Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond and his Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His dissertation model was on “The Effects of Internal Oppression on Educated African Americans in the Worship Experience.”

Boone has a magnitude of experience in social services from both Pennsylvania and Virginia. He was also actively involved in the American Public Welfare Southeastern Regional Conference. He has made guest appearances in the Virginia legislature.

Boone has received numerous awards and recognition from Virginia Behavior Services, 1 Life 1 Love Counseling and Treatment Services, Agape Counseling and Therapeutic Services, Hampton Department of Social Services, Hanover Department of Social Services, and Norfolk Department of Human Services.

In September of 2002, Boone realized his long-time dream of being an educator for the historic Hampton University in Hampton. In April of 2012, Boone published his first book, “The Chronological History of The Roanoke Missionary Baptist and Its Founders from 1866-1966, Volume I.” His second book, “The History of Roanoke Normal and Industrial Institute,” was published in May 2014. He has another book in the works, “The Chronological History of the Roanoke Missionary Baptist and Its Founders from 1866-1966, Volume II.” It will be released in May 2017. The last volume of this work, “The Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association Preacher in the Civil War: The Chronology of 10 Black Preachers and their Contributions” is scheduled to be released in mid-2018.

The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Turner Auditorium inside McDowell Columns Hall on the Chowan University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.