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STEVE MILLER RECEIVES
AUSTIN, TEXAS—Reverend Steve Miller, founder of US-CLO, the United States Christian Leadership Organization, recently received an ASHOKA fellowship, one of the world’s highest social entrepreneur recognitions. Past honorees include CNN correspondent, Van Jones; Wikipedia founder, James Wales; and Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Individuals must be nominated and must have identified a large-scale social problem that they are actively solving and scaling. Miller, an evangelist and minister from Henderson, TX, was among eleven 2018 awardees who exhibit leadership, creativity, vision, and the ability to motivate others to join in making social change. In launching US-CLO, he birthed the HBCU TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, an initiative that tackles the ever-present hot bed issues that encompass institutionalized racism through a lens of love and compassion.
ASHOKA recognizes the self-sacrifice of social entrepreneurs. The $150,000 award is endowed personally to the recipient. Miller, formerly a corporate banker, is married and is the father of two. Award announcements were made in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 22, 2018. Miller’s first official presentation of his work to the nation occurs March 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC. ASHOKA cited Miller’s contributions as: “Equipping diverse religious leaders to address racial trauma and healing in their ministries across the county by leveraging unique story-sharing alliances between historically Black colleges and universities and the Black church.”
The HBCU TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT directed by US-CLO, includes seven Texas Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They are: Wiley College, the title sponsor, joined by Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Southwestern Christian University, Jarvis Christian College, Huston-Tillotson University, and St. Philip’s College. Baylor University, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the City University of New York round out the diverse sphere of participating institutions.
Miller has coordinated and won legal actions at the Federal court level that were the stimuli for rewrites of discipline policies designed to stem the tide of incarceration rates among children of color. However, the work of US-CLO, Miller says, is to supplant the more than enough laws written on the books, with those laws that will be written on our hearts, and it is through a changed heart, not laws, that will ultimately bring God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.”
US-CLO’s heart to heart chronicling of racial discrimination narratives impacts and fosters healing at the personal level and reconciliation at the national level, as well as informs policy changes within the political environment and spiritual changes within the ecumenical one. The US-CLO model emanates from the grassroots -- common person’s perspective. US-CLO employs the biblical account in Exodus to demonstrate God’s activation of compassion and healing from being heard. Further, his work through US-CLO, will serve as a healing source, which the United States and its current racial environment so desperately need.
Miller holds a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in Finance from the University of Houston; a Master’s in Commercial Real Estate Development through the Graduate School of Finance at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX. He believes proclaiming the gospel of racial healing and reconciliation to be the cornerstone of his ministerial calling.
united states christian leadership organization
The United States Christian Leadership Organization (USCLO) is a comprehensive advocacy and Christian-based religious, organizing, lobbying, commercial, ecclesiastical, educational, social, political, and human rights organization dedicated to achieving racial equality through Christian proclamation and functionally applying it to democracy, capitalism, and religion. Our primary desire is to change hearts through penetrating Christian, economic, historical, and sociological conversation and then organizing around those understandings in order to promote a more authentic repentance than what laws offer, since laws can require what the heart resists. Since changed hearts make many laws unnecessary, it is our contention there are enough laws written on the books, just not enough written on our hearts. With this in mind it is a changed heart that will ultimately bring equality—not laws—though laws may be needed in the interim to regulate unwanted behavior.
Rev. Steve Miller is Project Director and Founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project and the United States Christian Leadership Organization, a comprehensive and Christian-based educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to achieving racial equality through spreading the love of Christ and building relationships across ethnic lines in order to promote more lasting and authentic spiritual and social change.
He believes there are more than enough laws written on the books, just not enough written on our hearts, and it is through a changed heart, not laws, that will ultimately bring God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Miller is a humanitarian working in human rights in the State of Texas and beyond for over eight years with his work resulting in Federal civil rights investigations by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the United States Department of Justice’s Community Services Division, primarily, within the Texas educational system. His work has brought increased equity to hiring processes, enlarged job opportunities, and fostered greater understanding of institutional partiality through education. He has coordinated and won legal actions at the Federal court level and has been the stimulus of rewrites of discipline policies, whose ends resulted in fewer loved ones of color being exposed to and caught in the educational system’s disciplinary apparatus, which correlates highly with elevated juvenile justice and mass incarceration rates.
Miller holds a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in Finance from the University of Houston; a Master’s in Commercial Real Estate Development through the Graduate School of Finance at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; and a Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX. He is the author of a comprehensive multi-year Christian-oriented and Christ-centered spiritual, educational, operational, philosophical, and intellectual blueprint to advance racial reconciliation through friendship. He is a husband of 18 years and a father of two.
HBCU Oral History Project
1st Annual: Houston, TX
FEBRUARY 18, 2017
2ND annual: Austin, TX
mARCH 22 - 24, 2018
3RD annual: San Antoinio, TX
February 15 - 17, 2019
The HBCU Oral History Project is an endeavor that uses the power of spoken and documented words to heal and to create spiritual and social change. It seeks to do this by asking ordinary people of color to share personal stories of racial discrimination, in an effort to be heard, and then documenting them. Those stories will then be used to pursue personal and national healing amongst human relations, as well as to create policy changes within the political environment, and spiritual changes within the ecumenical one. The story of Exodus and of the Bible tells us the mere fact of being heard spurs the saving activity of God and has powerful healing properties of which the United States and its current racial environment so desperately need. These stories will be gathered by the academy using academic and historical research methodology to ensure the accounts are accurately gathered, processed, and archived and to promote academic thought, theory, praxis, and learning as it relates to racial discrimination and reconciliation. The research will be held in HBCU University libraries and archives across the United States and will be made available for posterity for further reference, collection, and research.