My name is Samuel Miller and I am grateful to have an opportunity to be a part of this amazing program.
I grew up in the segregated south (South Georgia) in the 60’s. I integrated the public school system in the 6th grade and as an 11 year old it transformed my entire life. Through many trials and tribulations I was able to make my way through those turbulent times and it made me know....in my heart and mind those words that have been spoken by many but, Knietzsche was given credit for, “ what does not kill you makes you stronger “. After university I served my country as a young military officer and it further set the footprint of my life. It also set the pattern of self destruction (alcoholism and drug addiction) that was to control my life for over a decade. My life began anew when on October 10th 1988 when I entered into a life of sobriety. Since then I have tried to pledge my life to help people in the world that don’t have access to solution. Not just helping alcoholics and addicts but also those that have been neglected because of poverty, racial and social injustices, literacy, displacement and ignorance.
My successes in business have been cradled by great men and women that have helped change the flow of the current that started when my early childhood educators went out of their way to let me know that I wasn’t worthy of their efforts. There are so many amazing examples that time and memory won’t allow me to name them all but, they are forever etched in my heart and mind. Integrity, transparency, honesty, honor, commitment, fellowship and service are the words that are a part of the daily narrative of my life and as I “human” my way through life I am never too far removed from them.
History has said that “ It takes a village to raise a child”, these words are so true but, it also takes a village that doesn’t care for its children to make an idiot so just as I did as a soldier I never want to leave a person behind.