- Ron Milner
Ronald Milner (
May 29, 1938in Detroit, Michigan– July 9, 2004in Detroit) was an African-American playwright. His play, "Checkmates", starring Paul Winfieldand Denzel Washingtonran on Broadway in 1988.
Milner's works included "Who's Got His Own" (inspired by
Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child"), "What the Wine-Sellers Buy" (the first play by an African-American produced by Joseph Pappat the New York Shakespeare Festivalat Lincoln Center), and "Roads to the Mountaintop" (a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.) He taught creative writing at the University of Southern California, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University.
Milner served as a mentor to writer and journalist
J. Samuel Cook, whom he met at a conference in Toledo, Ohio. Cook attributes the success of his award-winning play "Barren Fields" to Milner's direction.
Milner died of complications from liver cancer. He is survived by 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Note: "Playbill" was used as a source for this article.
* [http://www.michigancitizen.com/print_this_story.asp?sdetail=913/ "The Michigan Citizen" obituary on Ron Milner]
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