Melvin B. Miller

Publisher & Editor


A native of Boston, Melvin B. Miller has been actively involved in political and public affairs for more than 40 years. In 1965, he founded the Bay State Banner, a weekly newspaper advocating the interests of Greater Boston’s African American community. Miller has served as the Banner’s publisher and editor since its inception.

Prior to the establishment of the Banner, Miller was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In 1973, the State Banking Commissioner appointed him as the Conservator of the Unity Bank and Trust Company, Boston’s first minority bank. Under his stewardship the bank’s operations became profitable for the first time. In 1977, the Mayor of Boston appointed him as one of the three original commissioners of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. He later became chairman of the commission in 1980, and managed its operating budget of $193.2 million.

Miller was also a founding partner in the law firm of Fitch, Miller and Tourse, a primarily corporate law firm and he engaged in the practice of law there from 1981 until 1991. He was also Vice President and General Counsel of WHDH-TV, Boston’s CBS affiliate from 1982 until 1993.

A long-term trustee of Boston University, Miller became a Trustee Emeritus in 2005. He served in the three-member National Advisory Council to American Companies doing business in South Africa under the Sullivan Principles until the council was disbanded after the fall of apartheid. Miller is also a trustee of the Huntington Theatre Company and a director of OneUnited Bank, the largest African American owned and operated bank in the U.S.

A graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard University and Columbia Law School, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred on him by Suffolk University and Emerson College.

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A failure to protect minority leadership

Community residents are responsible for backing those whom they elect to public office. The failure to “get their back” renders them less effective. The lack of a public protest over the ouster of Carlos Henriquez has had unfortunate consequences. It was much easier for Mayor Marty Walsh to oust Felix Arroyo.

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Student protests can diminish the power of the NRA brand

All Americans will benefit from the establishment of reasonable firearms controls and the removal from society of the excessive number of guns. This is a worthwhile cause for the nation’s youth. Who knows what good can develop? An unanticipated boon from the Montgomery Bus Boycott was the emergence of Martin Luther King to become the most prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

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A challenge to black voting power

Many American citizens were disturbed to learn that the Russians had infiltrated the last presidential election, and plans are underway to continue to disrupt the nation’s democratic process. The indictment of 13 Russians and three companies settled the assertion that stories over Russian meddling were “fake news.” The issue for African Americans is whether the vitiation of the black vote was also part of the plan.

With racial inclusion, we all win

Is the primary purpose of Black History Month to provide an opportunity to applaud the achievements of black heroes, or does it stand for more than that? Is it also appropriate to extol the benefits of the successful elimination of racial discrimination in historically significant events? The answer to that question will determine whether the Boston Police recognition of Red Auerbach’s non-racial policy for the Boston Celtics complies with Black History Month protocol.

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Different strategies for different times

The primary strategy has been to procure civil rights. Going forward, greater consideration should be given to entrepreneurial development.

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A dream deferred: Progress elusive on Parcel P3

Boston is rebuilding. Cranes are everywhere, but they are missing from the section of Roxbury where development has been long awaited. The ill-fated “Southwest Expressway” plan that was launched in Lower Roxbury in the 1960s has left an 8 acre parcel called P-3, stripped of houses and greenery. The undeveloped lot across from Ruggles Station seemed to be a desirable development site.

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An effort to cure a common malady

For years, every February is Black History Month in America. Indeed, not every state embraces with enthusiasm the annual dedication to the achievements of African Americans. Nonetheless, it is generally agreed that this celebration has become part of the nation’s culture. Every president since 1976 has designated February as Black History Month. With such a consistent commitment to improve interracial understanding, one wonders why racial conflict has not dissipated even more over the past 42 years.

Deceiver in chief

There have always been deceptive leaders, but who would have thought that so many Americans could be so gullible for so long?

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Another national embarrassment

Trump’s derogatory description of African countries, Haiti and El Salvador is contradicted by the histories and high levels of educational attainment of the people hailing from those nations.

A job well done!

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, the state’s highest ranking black elected official, is leaving the Legislature to take a job as a vice president at Suffolk Construction.

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