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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
God Dwells Within You As You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1934
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
God Dwells Within You As You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1934
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Newspaper publisher and editor Melvin B. Miller was born on July 22, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts. Miller grew up in Boston’s middle-class Roxbury neighborhood and graduated from Boston Latin School. He then enrolled at Harvard College and graduated from there in 1956 with his A.B. degree. Following a six month stint as an executive trainee at Aetna Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, Miller was drafted and served for two years in the U.S. Army. He went on to enroll at Columbia University Law School and earned his J.D. degree from there in 1964. Miller was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the Federal Bar.

Upon graduation, Miller joined the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In 1965, he founded the Bay State Banner and served as the newspaper’s publisher, editor, and chief executive officer. In 1973, the Massachusetts Banking Commission appointed Miller as the conservator and chief executive officer of the Unity Bank and Trust Company, Boston’s first minority bank. In 1977, Boston Mayor Kevin W. White named him as one of the three commissioners of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. Miller became Chairman of the Commission in 1980. Miller then became a founding partner in the corporate law firm of Fitch, Miller, and Tourse where he practiced law from 1981 to 1991. He also served as the vice president and general counsel of WHDH-TV, an affiliate of the Central Broadcasting Station, from 1982 to 1993. Miller was a director of the United States-South Africa Leadership Exchange Program (USSALEP). He has written editorials for The Boston Globe, The Pilot, and Boston Magazine, and is the author of How to Get Rich When You Ain’t Got Nothing.

Miller is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Harvard Club of Boston, and the St. Botolph Club. Miller is a director of OneUnited Bank and MassINC. He is also a trustee of the Huntington Theatre Company and a trustee emeritus of Boston University.

Miller received the Award of Excellence from the Art Director’s Club of Boston in 1970. The New England Press Association awarded Miller the First Prize in General Excellence and the Second Prize in Make-up & Typography in 1970. Miller is a recipient of the Annual Achievement Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people. Miller received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Suffolk University in 1984 and an Honorary Doctor Humane Letters degree from Emerson College in 2010.

Melvin B. Miller was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 24, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Melvin Miller's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller talks about his maternal grandfather's musical background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller describes his maternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller talks about the African American community in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller talks about his Uncle Charlie
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller describes his family connection to the black loyalist colony in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller describes his father's career at the U.S. Post Office Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller talks about his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller lists his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller describes his experiences at Henry L. Higginson Elementary School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller remembers the Washington Park neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller remembers his high school classmate, Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller describes his experiences at the Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller talks about the academic rigor of the Boston Latin School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller recalls the prevalence of bullying at the Boston Latin School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller recalls his experiences at the St. Mark Congregational Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller remembers his extracurricular activities at the Boston Latin School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller remembers his SAT scores
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller describes his involvement with the NAACP in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller recalls his classmates at Harvard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller recalls his classmates at Harvard University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller talks about the H-Block Gang
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller describes his experiences at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller talks about his academic difficulties at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller talks about the African American faculty at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller talks about Edward Brooke's political career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller talks about Edward Brooke's political career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller describes the African American community at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller remembers his graduation from Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller describes how he came to work at the Aetna Life and Casualty Company in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller talks about his U.S. military service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller talks about his maternal family's German ancestry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller recalls his decision to attend Columbia Law School in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller remembers investigating insurance claims in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller recalls a confrontation with the New York City Police Department, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller recalls a confrontation with the New York City Police Department, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller remembers Adolf A. Berle, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller remembers Adolf A. Berle, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller recalls becoming an assistant U.S. attorney general
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Melvin Miller talks about the founding of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Melvin Miller's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller describes the start of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller remembers Charles Stewart
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller talks about William Monroe Trotter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller remembers the early years of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller recalls the first editor of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller describes the political climate of the 1960s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller talks about the Moynihan Report of 1965, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller talks about the Moynihan Report of 1965, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller talks about the urban renewal program in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller talks about Edward Brooke's early election losses
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller recalls the start of Operation Exodus in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller remembers the busing crisis in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller remembers Louise Day Hicks
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller remembers the busing crisis in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller remembers the violence during the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller recalls the opening of the William Monroe Trotter School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller talks about the Bay State Banner's audience
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller describes the Bay State Banner's financial challenges
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller remembers the demonstration at the Grove Hall welfare center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller describes his efforts to increase black representation in the media
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller recalls his involvement with the Unity Bank and Trust Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller recalls his involvement with the Unity Bank and Trust Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller describes his role in the standardization of the welfare system
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller talks about the construction of the State Street Bank Building in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller recalls running for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts in 1972
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller recalls founding the law firm of Fitch, Miller and Tourse
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller talks about the Bay State Banner's competitors
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller describes his involvement with WHDH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller remembers partnering with Jobs Clearing House, Inc.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller describes his support for minority hiring at the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Melvin Miller recalls serving as general counsel to WHDH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Melvin Miller talks about the Bay State Banner's website
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller describes the staff of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller talks about the National Newspaper Publishers Association
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller describes his involvement with the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller talks about the impact of the internet on the newspaper industry
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller describes his plans for the future of the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Melvin Miller recalls his mentorship of young men in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Melvin Miller talks about the problems in the education system
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Melvin Miller remembers his mentorship of Tony Rose
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Melvin Miller describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Melvin Miller describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Melvin Miller reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Melvin Miller describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Melvin Miller talks about his family
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Melvin Miller reflects upon his legacy