Millie McGhee-Morris could not read until she was 47 years of age. She grew up in a small plantation town called McComb, Mississippi and was raised in abject poverty. As she matured she realized in order to fulfill her dreams something had to be done. This courageous woman went on a mission to re-educate herself, hiring a personal tutor, attending city colleges, going to seminars, and taking classes in private schools. She earned enough credits to teach elementary school in the private sector for twelve years. Her tireless efforts and the establishment of a non-profit organization called Young Talented Achievers, Inc. has both encouraged and helped thousands of students of all races achieve promising careers.
Millie’s godfather and mentor, Johnnie L. Cochran Sr, encouraged her to discover the world of books, believe in herself, and believe that she could accomplish anything that her heart desired. She now states, “If you can read, you can do anything.”
Today she is a successful best-selling author, speaker, and producer/director of a powerful documentary that tells her riveting life story. She recently completed her second book, What’s Done in the Dark and completed the work on the historical film documentary of the same title. This is about Millie’s story of forgiveness and of hope. After 10 years of genealogical research and many more years of counseling, Millie finally learned to forgive Mr. Hoover, her ancestor, for his notorious and racist policies as head of the FBI. Millie speaks of how she grew up hiding a family secret to save her family from death.
She is now traveling the country motivating children to learn to read. Millie’s incredible method of teaching and success with children has earned her recognition as one of the leading educators in the country. In addition to her passion to help children read, Ms. McGhee-Morris is the author of the book Secrets Uncovered - J. Edgar Hoover Passing For White? About the family secret that could have tumbled the regime of one of the most powerful men in American history; J. Edgar Hoover.
It sheds new light on the fact that keeping secrets does more harm than good, and reminds us that we are each a vital part of the same human family. As Millie’s father used to tell her: “What’s done in the dark shall come to the light.”