Robert Mikell

Academic Historian

Dr. Robert S. Mikell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fresno City College, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Mikell served as a member of the faculty at California State University, Fresno from 1972 until he retired in 2007, during which time he taught courses in Ethnic Studies (African American Studies) and in the School of Business (Management and Marketing). He served twelve years (1978-90) as the Chairperson of the Ethnic Studies Program and was the Founder/Director of the Africana Studies Research Center. In 2007, the university bestowed on him the honor of Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies.

Robert Mikell02.jpgDr. Mikell’s research interest and funded projects included: minority business development, reversal migration, traditional Jazz, the Black town Allensworth (a published work), Dr. Martin L. King, Jr, The Evolution of African American Music which included weekend courses and lectures/demonstrations with live music performed by local musicians. Dr. Mikell has written a manuscript titled, “Peter Davis: The First Music Master of the Great Louis Armstrong.”

Dr. Mikell presently volunteers as a Jazz Host at KFSR 90.7, FM streaming at kfsr.org in Fresno, California. His program, “Red Beans and Jazz,” airs on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. His program theme song is “Hello Dolly” song by Louis Armstrong.

De Arthur Woodrow ‘Woody’ Miller (1927-2017)

De Arthur Woodrow Miller or “Woody,” as he was most popularly known, was a trailblazer in the African American community of Fresno, California. He was the first African American to own a radio station in California’s Central Valley and was a leader of the local the civil rightsmovement. De Arthur Woodrow Miller was … Read MoreDe Arthur Woodrow ‘Woody’ Miller (1927-2017)

The History of Allensworth, California (1908- )

In the article below retired California State University, Fresno historian Robert Mikell explores the history of the only all-black town created in the Golden State.  He traces that history including the role of its principal founder, Colonel Allen Allensworth, from 1908. Centennial Celebration at Allensworth … Read MoreThe History of Allensworth, California (1908- )