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C. T. King-Miller

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Cultural Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salmon Croquettes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Birmingham, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
People So Seldom Say I Love You, But When They Do, It Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Want You To Go, I Wish You Wouldn’t Have To.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1947
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Cultural Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salmon Croquettes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Birmingham, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
People So Seldom Say I Love You, But When They Do, It Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Want You To Go, I Wish You Wouldn’t Have To.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1947
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Researcher and activist Carolyn (Tasmiya) King-Miller was born in 1947 and is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, Floyd King Sr. was a reverend at a Baptist church in Birmingham. King-Miller attended Wenonah High School for three years and then transferred to Jones Valley High School where she graduated in 1965. King-Miller attended Miles College in 1965 and later transferred to Brooklyn College.

King-Miller was the first African American to integrate and graduate from Jones Valley High School in 1965. Her parents successfully petitioned the school board to admit her at the all white school. While there, she suffered from harassment from both her classmates and teachers. The dance was held at a secret location to intentionally exclude her from participating. After high school, she attended Miles College, an all African American school known for its work in civil rights activities, for two years. Later, she transferred to Brooklyn College in New York and studied communications. In New York, she married and had two children. From 1980 to 1989, King-Miller worked as a supervisor at Dean Witter in San Francisco. From 1989 to 1991, King-Miller worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as a supervisor. She worked at Charles Schwab Company, from 1994 to 1999, as a researcher. In 1999, King-Miller worked at Creative Genealogy Services and Research as a researcher. King-Miller’s interest in genealogy extends to her own family, having conducted extensive research on both sides of her family. In 2000, King-Miller worked at Each One Teach One, an employment recruitment service for high school students. She also published, Mama, I was the only one there!, about her experience as a student in 1964.

King-Miller has continued her activism with her involvement at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where she has participated in many events and programming, including a conciliatory forum that coincided with her first-ever appearance at the Jones Valley High School reunion for alumni from 1961-1969. The forum provided a space for the community to address past events. King-Miller was given the key to the City of Birmingham and honored with a street dedication for her role in desegregation. Her achievements have been recognized by President Bill Clinton, The St. John Missionary Baptist Church and many others. Her oral history is included in institutions such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Black Radio, and the Smithsonian Institute.

King-Miller was interviewed by Larry Crowe on March 7, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of C.T. King-Miller's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller describes her mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller describes her mother's family background, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller talks about her father's service in World War II, his work in the coal mines, and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes her similarities to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller talks about her father's work at Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - C.T. King-Miller lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - C.T. King-Miller describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - C.T. King-Miller recalls childhood memories of watching baseball and football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - C.T. King-Miller describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller describes her grade school years at Powderly Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller talks about her mother's work as a maid
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller talks about segregated busing in Birmingham, Alabama and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller describes the protective measures her brothers were taught to observe outside of the black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller recalls her father's gospel singing group, the McMillan Gospel Singers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes her childhood memories of music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller describes her experience at Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama and her personality as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - C.T. King-Miller describes her experience with racial discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - C.T. King-Miller reflects on her father's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - C.T. King-Miller describes her father's friendship with HistoryMaker Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller recounts the beginning of her involvement in the Birmingham youth movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller talks about preparing for the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller talks about preparing for the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller recalls being arrested as a teenager during Birmingham's Children's Crusade in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller describes participating in the 1963 March on Washington, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes participating in the 1963 March on Washington, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller remembers the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church and President John F. Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - C.T. King-Miller recalls the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller talks about the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller describes her integration of Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller recounts registering for school at Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller describes the absence of white people in Birmingham, Alabama's black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller describes her experience integrating Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes her experience integrating Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller describes the support she received from her church and mixed reactions from the black community after integrating Jones Valley High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - C.T. King-Miller recalls experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - C.T. King-Miller recalls losing all of her black friends after integrating Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller describes her graduation from Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller remembers preparing for the prom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller talks about being excluded from the prom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller talks about dearth of stories from the African American community on school integration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller describes apologies from her classmates at Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes her experience at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller describes moving to Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - C.T. King-Miller explains her name change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - C.T. King-Miller describes her career path
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - C.T. King-Miller describes attending her 35th high school reunion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - C.T. King-Miller describes attending her 35th high school reunion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - C.T. King-Miller talks about her business, Creative Genealogist Services
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - C.T. King-Miller talks about the lasting effects of her work injury
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - C.T. King-Miller reflects upon being honored in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - C.T. King-Miller talks about her father's radio show, American Trailblazers, and her other family members
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - C.T. King-Miller describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - C.T. King-Miller describes what she would have done differently in her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - C.T. King-Miller reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - C.T. King-Miller talks about how she would like to be remembered