Interview with Rev. Orloff Miller


Rev. Orloff Miller:

Ok. I guess I came away from that march on Washington with a sense of involvement myself that this was finally black and white together. That we were doing something that could effect change. That there was a way of, of turning things around. I mean, I grew up in a segregated society myself, I grew up in Ohio, I recall that uh, in second grade I remember there was a black girl in the class, never got acquainted with her. Uh, there were football players in my high school class who were Negro as we said then, um, I never really knew them as people. It wasn't until a Methodist Youth conference out in Iowa that I really got acquainted with a black person for the first time. And he and I became friends and uh, I'm delighted to say that I know that he's a Methodist minister in Los Angeles right now. And uh, Jim Lawson and I uh, corresponded over the years and uh, at one point in the Civil Rights struggle he phoned me and it was just a delight to renew that tie. And uh, I think as a result of that March on Washington, I was able to put those things together and the religion that I grew up with in the Methodist Parsonage uh, got into focus now in terms of what had been taught to me as a religious person, uh, the idea that all men, all women were brothers and sisters.