About David Miller

 

About David Miller

If David C. Miller had his way, society would view Black men and boys as he does: full of promise and worth saving. But David is a realist and knows the lens through which many Americans see Black men and boys is blurred by vicious stereotypes and unmerited fear that’s often ingrained in them through media portrayals. Smart enough to recognize he can’t change others’ points of view, David has spent most of his life working tirelessly to educate Black men and boys on everything from how to conduct themselves during encounters with police to being responsible in their homes and families. He speaks to them at neighborhood community centers, on the streets of inner cities and behind prison walls – wherever he must to reach them. A married father of three, David uses his grit and intellect to spread powerful messages in hopes of saving as many Black families as he can. The way he sees it, somebody has to do it so it might as well be him.

David’s journey began more than two decades ago while he worked with some of the world’s most challenging youth in the U.S., U.K., Africa and the West Indies. Through a pragmatic approach, he teaches and develops life-skills programs designed to promote viable alternatives to gangs, violence, drugs and life on the streets. David has made a name for himself with curricular materials and professional development modules that equip organizations with necessary tools to aid young Black boys. His Dare to Be King initiative has changed the landscape for providing mentoring and youth development programs by offering a structured, relevant curriculum to engage youth. It’s not uncommon for David to fly up and down the East Coast or out West sharing his message with those fortunate enough to hear him. It’s no surprise that he’s highly sought-after by school districts and higher education institutions alike.

David’s work has been featured on CNN, PBS and NPR, as well as inBBC Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Huffington Post and a variety of other publications. He’s been a guest of renowned academic, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. He’s written several books, including “Khalil’s Way,” a delightful, coming-of-age story about an exceptional math wizard growing up in New Orleans. Among his other works are “The Greene Family Farm” and “Elijah and The Elephant in the Room”.

A consummate learner who believes education is the surest vehicle for upward mobility in the world, David earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Baltimore and a master’s degree in education from Goucher College. For several years he taught in the very Baltimore public schools where he was educated, following in the footsteps of his mother, a retired educator. Although he loved teaching and was good at it, David eventually left the classroom because he realized his impact could be more profound and widespread if he reached entire families – not just children. Although he sometimes speaks of slowing down, David’s unwavering commitment to marginalized people, coupled with his undying passion for sustaining Black families, won’t let him.

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