Ronald Milner (May 29, 1938 – July 9, 2004), was an American playwright. His play Checkmates, starring Paul Winfield and Denzel Washington that ran on Broadway in 1988. He grew up on Hastings Street, also known as "Black Bottom". It had muslims on one corner, hustlers and pimps on another, winos on one, and Aretha Franklin singing from her father's church on the other.
In 1962 he won the John Hay Whitney Foundation fellowship to help aid him to complete a novel, "Life With Father Brown," which remains unpublished. He went to New York City to join Harvey Swados's writing workshop at Columbia University. Under the mentorship of Langston Hughes, Milner was able to get a Rockefeller Foundation grant.
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