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E. Ethelbert Miller

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food, Sushi, Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Norway, Home
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/20/1950
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food, Sushi, Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Norway, Home
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/20/1950
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Academic administrator, author, and poet Eugene Ethelbert Miller was born on November 20, 1950, the youngest of three children, to Egberto Miller, an immigrant from Panama, and Enid Marshall Miller, a homemaker. Born in New York City in the South Bronx, Miller attended Howard University in the fall of 1968. While at Howard University, he studied with Stephen Henderson, one of the foremost literary critics of the Black Arts Movement. In 1972, he graduated from Howard University with a degree in Afro-American Studies, the first member of his family to graduate from college.

In 1974, Miller became Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, allowing him to develop his own talents and to nurture emerging African American artists. Also in 1974, he published his first two collections of poetry, Andromeda and The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles. In 1979, Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C., proclaimed September 28, 1979 “E. Ethelbert Miller Day," and Barry presented Miller with the Mayor’s Art Award for Literature in 1982. In 1994, Miller published the anthology In Search of Color Everywhere, which won the 1994 PEN Oakland Josephine Mile Award. Three years later, he received the Stephen E. Henderson Award for outstanding achievement in literature and poetry from the African American Literature and Culture Society. In 2000, Miller wrote Fathering Words, a memoir which traced his family background and the roots of his art as an African American writer.

Miller is a board member of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Network of Educators on the Americas and The Writer’s Center. He is a former board member of the Associated Writing Programs and the Humanities Council of Washington and has also worked previously as a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Miller is an advisory editor for the African American Review and an advisory board member of Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture. In addition to these responsibilities, Miller has also remained the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. He is married to Denise King-Miller, and has two children, Jasmine Simone and Nyere Gibran.

E. Ethelbert Miller was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of E. Ethelbert Miller's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his family's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his early experiences of racial diversity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers learning about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls moving to the St. Mary's Park Houses in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his father's Panamanian heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers celebrating Christmas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the racial demographics of the South Bronx in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - E, Ethelbert Miller describes the gang activity in the South Bronx
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Robert Skinner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Lewis H. Michaux
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls the assassinations of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his family's spirituality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls lessons from his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his first protest at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls the popular music of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his introduction to poetry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his video oral history project
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Stephen E. Henderson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls meeting his first wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls his interest in Sufi mysticism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the Black Arts Movement at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Howard University President James E. Cheek
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the Institute for Arts and Humanities at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about Stephen E. Henderson's leadership
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers C.L.R. James
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about the writers of the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about literary criticism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller reflects upon the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers James Baldwin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Toni Morrison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his early creative influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his early publications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls working at the Institute for Arts and Humanities in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the women's movement at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers June Jordan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about contemporary African American literature
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Mayor Sharon Pratt
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers his first marriage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers travelling to Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his collections of poetry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers the death of his brother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller remembers the death of his brother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller reflects upon writing about trauma
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his sources of inspiration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his writings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about his poems
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his international travels
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - E. Ethelbert Miller recalls visiting Norway
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes his experiences in Iraq
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - E. Ethelbert Miller describes the impact of the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - E. Ethelbert Miller shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about the importance of apprenticeships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - E. Ethelbert Miller talks about constructive criticism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - E. Ethelbert Miller reflects upon his career at Howard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - E. Ethelbert Miller reflects upon the legacy of Howard University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - E. Ethelbert Miller narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller narrates his photographs, pt. 2