My NativeAdVert: Social Entrepreneur/Humanitarian
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.
Reverend Steve Miller recently received an ASHOKA fellowship, one of the world’s highest social entrepreneur recognitions. Past honorees include CNN correspondent, Van Jones; Wikipedia founder, James Wales; and Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Individuals must be nominated and must have identified a large-scale social problem that they are actively solving and scaling. Miller, an evangelist and minister from Henderson, TX, was among eleven 2018 awardees who exhibit leadership, creativity, vision, and the ability to motivate others to join in making social change. In launching US-CLO, he birthed the HBCU TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, an initiative that tackles the ever-present hot bed issues that encompass institutionalized racism through a lens of love and compassion.
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.
My Goal of the Day: To work through and cross out everything on my “To Do” list
My Thought of the Day: Love is an Action Word
My Action of the Day: Smile at everyone I meet
My Deed of the Day: Go up to the shed and take out the Christmas tree and decorations for my wife and prepare to take family pictures in our matching Christmas PJ’s. Happy wife, Happy life…..
My Tip of the Day: Just start
My Pic of the Day:
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
It’s a city where the super-rich, the middle class, and those who live in extreme poverty (of all races) all attend school together starting at Kindergarten and ending at graduation. Because everyone is thrown together at such young ages, and it’s normal, they develop uncanny interpersonal skills. We just know how to communicate with a wide range of people—no matter who it is or from where they hail—whether they be rich or poor, of color or not, or any religious affiliation. From this dynamic is where I developed, I believe, my greatest skill (communication). And it’s not just me. It’s everybody.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My favorite breakfast is purely and unapologetically southern: Skillet cooked bacon, scrambled eggs (hard) with salt, pepper, and ketchup. Mix in a little toast with plenty of butter and strawberry jelly, with grits to boot. In those grits: butter and sugar. All topped of with milk. The American Heart Society may be a little worried about my breakfast. Tell them not to worry. Although what I described is my favorite breakfast, I eat Oatmeal with apples, bananas, and granola.
My favorite restaurant is Houston’s.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Ironing my kid’s clothes for school.
10:00 AM – Working through my “To Do” list, which has recently been budgeting. If not budgeting, I’m usually on the phone while driving across the State of Texas to meetings with university officials, members of the clergy, or local organizers.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Jason’s Deli. I love their pineapple laced Chicken Salad Sandwich with Lemonade.
7:00 PM - Depends on what day. Monday - At the gym working out while waiting for my son’s soccer practice to end. Tuesday – Working out while waiting for my son’s basketball practice to end. Wednesday and Thursday – Repeat Cycle
11:00 PM – Lights out baby. Matter of fact, they’ve been out for at least a couple of hours.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Oh my God. I hate that you brought this up because I’ve developed quite the habit that I am desperately trying to kick – Coca Cola (Coke). I feel I may relapse just typing this. It not only picks me up, but it cheers me up as well. Just one. I can nurse a single Coke all day long. Little short sips.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
Blue Bell Ice Cream - Homemade Vanilla
Where do you enjoy getting lost? Any old abandoned building. An old railroad or train depot or abandoned factory building is ideal. I like imagining who used to live or work there and the daily things they may have done during the day. Many times, I’ll find remnants of old technology - an iron, dial up phone, old LP’s, you name it – some type of tool.