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     SAINT PHILIP’S COLLEGE HOSTS HBCU ORAL HISTORY PROJECT 

SAN ANTONIO, TX  
FEBRUARY 15 - 17, 2019  

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The 3rd annual HBCU Oral History Project was hosted at St. Philip’s College on February 15-17 th in the Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, TX. Under the direction of Rev. Steve Miller, the Project’s Founder, digitized oral history accounts were gathered by the HBCU academy which included; Wiley College, Southwestern Christian College, Jarvis Christian College, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Philip’s College, and Texas Southern University. Participating partner universities included, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Baylor University and its Oral History Institute, City University of New York, and Guttman Community College of the NYU system. Using academic and historical research methodology, San Antonio residents of color were invited to share personal stories of racial discrimination. Students are trained to acquire these stories after being immersed in the context of historical racial discrimination and its origin as well as undergo extensive training in interviewing techniques and compassionate listening. Participating scholars and their universities process the research which is archived in HBCU University libraries across the United States to be made available for posterity. The HBCU Oral History Project operates under the auspices of US-CLO, the United Christian Leadership Organization. Both organizations were founded by the Rev. Steve Miller, a 2018-2019 Ashoka Fellowship recipient. The $150K fellowship award recognized the value of healing the racial divide through story telling. Miller describes the weekend events thusly, “We digitally collect and chronicle stories of deep pain to pursue personal and national healing as well as to educationally inform policy changes within the political environment, and spiritual changes within the ecumenical community.”

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 equity through spreading the love of Christ and re-building and re-imagining 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 ten 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 bias in education 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 levels 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 Christ-centered spiritual, educational, operational, philosophical, and intellectual blueprint to advance racial reconciliation through re-imagining and re-building vulnerable relationships. He is a husband of 20 years and a father of two.

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The United States Christian Leadership Organization (US- CLO) is a comprehensive Christian-based religious, educational, social, and human rights organization dedicated to achieving racial equity through Christian proclamation and functionally applying it to our nation’s social structures and institutions. Our primary desire is to change hearts through penetrating discussion and analysis of historical religious, economic, sociological, and scientific knowledge and data—all processed through a Christian-based lens. These analyses then work to rebuild human relationship to serve as infrastructure to foster the development of greater human interaction, conversation, and discussion to reach new levels of understandings from which to imagine new social structures and institutions that 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. It is a changed heart that will ultimately bring equality—not laws—though laws may be needed in the interim to regulateunwanted behavior and thwart the devastating effects of unchanged hearts.

We seek to promote this more authentic repentance through actions designed to promote love in the public square (Justice) and is rooted in making our religious compassion permanent through changing the hearts of humanity and the social structures and institutions they manage. These means are primarily rooted in educational research and Christian proclamation and applying these findings and principles in the form of educating and teaching communities how to organize around those issues that impact them negatively. Some of these activities include oral history projects that recount and document incidents of racial discrimination of ordinary people of color, national conversations and forums on race throughout the United States to promote peace, relationship building, and understanding; Praise and Reconciliation Crusades in football stadiums and arenas throughout the U.S., Christian proclamation to emphasize the humanitarian work of Jesus Christ, and then physical application of those spiritual principals to enlist and increase participation levels in matters of civil rights advocacy and reconciliation throughout the larger society. These efforts are designed to increase the desire for all to share God’s good resources from which new social institutions will be created to deliver those resources while reflecting a new and more robust philosophical and religious infrastructure and understanding.

 

 

 

REV. STEVE MILLER   Founder

REV. STEVE MILLER

Founder

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 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 ten 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 bias in education 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 levels 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 Christ-centered spiritual, educational, operational, philosophical, and intellectual blueprint to advance racial reconciliation through discussion, analysis, and relationship building. He is a husband of 20 years and a father of two.

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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 surface their experiences with racial discrimination and then share those personal stories of discrimination, in an effort to be heard, and then documenting them. Those stories are then used to pursue personal and national healing, as well as to educationally inform policy changes within the political environment, and spiritual changes within the ecumenical community. The story of Exodus and of the Bible tells us the mere fact of crying out as a story share, and of being heard, activates and spurs the healing, compassion, and saving activity of God of which the United States and its current racial environment so desperately need. These stories are captured, gathered and processed by participating HBCU academy colleges and universities using academic and historical research methodology, and then archived to promote academic thought, theory, and praxis relating to racial discrimination and reconciliation. The research is held in these same HBCU university libraries and archives across the United States and is made available for posterity for further reference, collection, and research.