"M" is for Miller, Kelly, Jr. (1863-1939)

Apr 23, 2018

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"M" is for Miller, Kelly, Jr. (1863-1939). Educator, writer. A Winnsboro native, Miller was the son of a free person of color and an enslaved woman. A northern missionary helped him get a scholarship to the preparatory department of Howard University. He later became the first African American to attend Johns Hopkins University. In 1890 Miller joined the faculty at Howard where he remained throughout his career. As a sociologist and Dean of Howard’s College of Arts and Sciences, he became one of the nation’s most prominent authorities in the debate on race in America. He pursued a middle course between the Booker T. Washington’s accomodationist views and W.E.B. DuBois’ more radical stance. Among Kelly Miller, Jr.’s numerous writings were Race Adjustment, Out of the House of Bondage, and The Everlasting Stain.