Inspired by the example of Harper Lee and “To Kill A Mockingbird”, he studied fiction writing at the University of Alabama. There he watched as then-Governor George Wallace took his stand for racial segregation in the schoolhouse door, and met Vivian Malone and James Hood after they were admitted as students.
He joined thousands at a rally in the former capitol of the Confederacy to welcome those who had marched for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery. In 1967 he refused induction into the Army in protest against the Vietnam War. He married Kathy McLaughlin, once in the Catholic student center with family members, and second in a large, public Wed-In on the campus quadrangle on the day “Sgt Pepper” was first released. They moved to Atlanta, where he was later arrested and where the ACLU took his legal case. (The Army ordered a second physical exam in which it discovered a pre-diabetic condition; charges were dropped only two weeks before trial was to begin.) For several years, Miller did legal secretarial work for Attorney Charles Morgan at the Southern Regional Office of the ACLU, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, as well as free lance work for Angela Davis’ attorney, Howard Moore.
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Alabama when the Freedom Riders came through
As forces for radical change gained momentum in the Sixties, Miller was drawn from fiction writing to another road. He became more active politically, writing only non-fiction, while continuing to demonstrate for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. At the height of the social upsurge, he lived for a time in an Atlanta commune called The Heathen Rage, and wrote music and film reviews for “The Great Speckled Bird”, a weekly underground newspaper. Some of his articles were reprinted by other underground newspapers, and he also contributed briefly to Rolling Stone and Cream (including a review of Music To Eat by The Hampton Grease Band). He covered national events such as the Woodstock Music Festival, the Memphis Blues Festival and the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. His enthusiastic “discovery” article about The Allman Brothers Band’s first performance in Piedmont Park is still being quoted (Scott Freeman, “Midnight Riders: The Story of the Allman Brothers Band”). As early as 1969, Rolling Stone Magazine called Miller “one of the best rock and roll writers the underground has produced. . .unique in his ability to place rock in the perspective of the revolution”. In his book “The Paper Revolutionaries”, Laurence Leamer called Miller “the most articulate of the cultural radicals. [He] maneuvers the symbols of cultural radicalism with the subtlety and sureness of Marx working with the tools of economic determinism.” As different social movements began to develop, Miller also wrote articles dealing with the oppression of women and homosexuals.
Changes come to The South
1967 caught in the draft
Miller Meets The Bird
Movie freak starts writing movie reviews
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Heathen Rage – At the height of the social upsurge, Miller lived for a time in an Atlanta commune called The Heathen Rage, and wrote music and film reviews for “The Great Speckled Bird”, a weekly underground newspaper.
Awaiting arrest by the GBI
Piedmont Park and the Allman Brothers
Allman Brothers story
And all the other Freaks will share my cares…
writing for The Bird
Miller’s Woodstock experience
Miller Googles himself
Living on 14th Street
Liberation for all!
You may say I’m a dreamer …