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Melvin B. Miller, Publisher of the Bay State Banner

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Melvin B. Miller has been actively involved in political and public affairs for more than 50 years. In 1965, he founded the Bay State Banner, a weekly newspaper advocating the interests of Greater Boston’s African American community.

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 Melvin B. Miller, Publisher of the Bay State Banner
 Melvin B. Miller, Publisher of the Bay State Banner

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Feb 08, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Melvin B. Miller has been actively involved in political and public affairs for more than 50 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.

Melvin B. 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 of the Board of Trustees in 2005. He was a member of 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 demise of apartheid. He formerly served as a director of the United States-South Africa Leadership Exchange Program (USSALEP). Miller was 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. He was also a director of MassInc, a politically nonpartisan think tank that researches public policy issues in Massachusetts.

Miller is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard University and Columbia Law School.

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