A Voice of Reason, Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller
Sun, 1863-07-19

On this date, we mark the birth of Kelly Miller in 1863. He was a Black historian and educator, born in Winnsboro, S.C. to a mother who was a slave and his father a Confederate soldier.

Miller believed that the truest way to freedom from bondage was education. He worked his way through school, graduating from Howard University in 1886, and continuing to study mathematics and physics at Johns Hopkins University. There he earned an A. M. in 1901 and an LL.D. in 1903. Miller taught at Howard from 1890 to 1934, and became dean of the College Arts and Sciences in 1936. Under his direction, nurturing, and leadership the school expanded dramatically, with developments in the sociology department, a growth in student recruitment, and modernization of the curriculum.

Miller wrote essays and a weekly column for the black press, where he dealt with the promise and progress of African-Americans since Emancipation and proposed ideas for global racial equality. Additionally, he wrote several books, including "Race Adjustment" (1903), "Out of the House of Bondage" (1917), and "History of the World War and the Important Part Taken by the Negroes" (1919). Kelly Miller was thought of as a voice of reason with a mind of exceptional range. Kelly Miller died December 27, 1939.

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