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SAINT PHILIPS COLLEGE HOSTS HBCU ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
SAN ANTONIO, TX
FEBRUARY 15 - 17, 2019
SAN ANTONIO, TX - The 3rd annual HBCU Oral History Project is hosted at St. Philips College February 15-17, from 9AM to 5PM in the Sutton Learning Center, 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio,TX.
Under the direction of Rev. Steve Miller, the Project’s Founder, digitized oral history accounts will be gathered by the HBCU academy which includes; Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College and Southwestern Christian College. Participating partner universities include, Austin Presbyterian, Baylor University and TCU.
Using academic and historical research methodology, San Antonio residents of color are invited to share personal stories of racial discrimination. Students are trained to process their research for accuracy that will be 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 Award recipient. The $123-thousand dollar award recognized the value of healing the racial divide through story telling.
Miller describes the weekend events thusly, “We digitally chronicle stories to pursue personal and national healing as well as to create 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 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.