Lillie Maria White was born June 28, 1956 in Dunbar, a black community
on the outskirts of Madisonville, in Cincinnati Ohio. I am the fourth
child born to Maryann White, a license practical nurse. I began writing
in kindergarten Madisonville Public Elementary School. I moved to St.
Anthony Catholic School from 1st to 8th grade writing poems about
my siblings and reading The Book of Knowledge Encyclopedias was my
favorite pass time. After elementary school I went to Marion High School
for girls. My freshman year I sang The Declaration Of Independence in
the school talent show. High school was full of creative activities, writing
poems, plays, class programs, oral recitals filled my days.
My educational pursuits took me to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College where I obtained
an Associate of Applied Science Multi- Competency Health Technology Degree.
The College of Mount St. Joseph was my next educational pursuit. I studied under Dr. Victoria Ford. I was
featured poet for the English department, all head of the Humanities attended. I graduated and obtained a
Bachelors of Arts Degree, my major Communication Arts.
The most recent achievement was to have an active part in the 99th NAACP Convention 2008. It was held
here in Cincinnati Oh. I recited at The Author Pavilion my poem “Old Gray Eyes”, wrote in honor of The
Patriarch of Dunbar, my great grandfather JAMES HARRISON MURPHY. It was well received.
I am an entrepreneur still living in Cincinnati OH, still writing messages of hope and ready to contribute
in making the world a better place for all.