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RILL Course on Moton and Holly Knoll

Kay Coles James

Kay Coles James

In a new course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning (RILL), Mrs. Kay Coles James will present “The Historic Holly Knoll,” from 1 to 3 p.m. on September 14, 21, and 28 (Thursdays) at the Gloucester Institute in Gloucester County. All interested persons are invited to register and attend.

Holly Knoll, an elegant manor house that overlooks the York River, is the Georgian-style retirement home of the late Dr. Robert Russa Moton. Dr. Moton’s influence on African-American society in the nineteen-twenties, thirties, and forties is unparalleled. He was one of the unsung heroes of the African-American community, and his accomplishments were great. This class will explore the ramifications of Dr. Moton’s life, his personal biography and influence, his property and its history, and the far-reaching impact of Moton’s life, works, and legacy.

Kay Coles James is president and founder of The Gloucester Institute, a nonprofit organization which operates the Moton Conference Center and is dedicated to preserving history and leaving a legacy of faith and ideas. A graduate of Hampton University and recipient of numerous honorary degrees, James has served as a leader and manager in all levels of government, as well as in private, non-profit, and academic settings. She was nominated by President George W. Bush as Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, and she served as Senior Fellow and director of The Citizenship Project at the Heritage Foundation, dean of the School of Government at Regent University, chair of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, and Secretary of Health and Human Resources for former Virginia Governor George Allen.

To attend the presentations, advance registration and a tuition payment of $35 are required. For more information, or to register, call Sharon Drotleff at the Educational Foundation office—804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679—or e-mail her at

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