Stella Brown Miller – Director and Chief Curator of the Black Heritage Gallery

Daughter of educators, Stella Brown Miller grew up in San Antonio, Texas under the watchful eyes of her parents.  She graduated with honors from Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas and a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University.

Known for her advocacy of education as well as promotion of African-American arts and culture, Stella Miller helped organize the Black Heritage Festival in 1987.  After 23 years as Executive Director of the Festival, she became chief curator of the Black Heritage Gallery- a Project of the Black Heritage Festival of Louisiana.

Stella Miller is a leader and visionary whose career has impacted the lives of so many in Lake Charles and beyond.  As an educator, she taught in the public schools in Houston, Texas; Lakeland, Florida; and Lake Charles, Louisiana. After 23 years at McNeese State University, she retired as Director of the MSU Upward Bound Program. In her spare time, Stella enjoys spending time with family and friends.