The Heart of the Race Problem
The Suzanne Revaleon Green Lecture series presented by the Cambridge African American Heritage Alliance will feature Dr. Ida E. Jones, who will speak on her book, The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller.
Dr. Jones is a native of Cambridge and the senior manuscript librarian in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. She is a graduate of Howard University, earning a B.A. in Journalism in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 2001. Her field of study centers around African American religion and historic records preservation.
Born in July 1863, Kelly Miller was a renowned Washington, D.C., educator, author, lecturer, and columnist. In 1887 he was the first the first African American admitted to Johns Hopkins University to pursue a doctorate in mathematics, physics, and astronomy. In the mid-1890s, he shifted his focus to the problem of race to address deteriorating race relations and to strengthen the African American community.