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Miller, Herbert Tise

(born: July 16, 1900  -  died: January 19, 1977) 

Herbert T. Miller was born in Ford, KY, and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He was the son of Cyrus D. and Georgie C. Hampton Miller. Herbert T. Miller gained a national reputation as a successful organizer of Y.M.C.A. fund raising campaigns. He was the executive secretary of the Carlton Y.M.C.A. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He was also named by Judge S. S. Leibowitz as foreman of the King County Grand Jury of New York State in 1944, the first African American in the U.S. to ever hold the post. He was voted Brooklyn's Most Valuable Citizen in New York Amsterdam News Poll in 1948. Herbert T. Miller also received several other awards for promoting understanding between racial and ethnic groups.

He had served as executive secretary of YMCA branches in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Brooklyn. He was the executive director of the Cleveland, Ohio Church Federation, and the executive administrator of the New York Baptist City Socities.

Herbert T. Miller was the husband of Willie Belle Harper Miller and the brother of Bertha M. Anderson. He had attended the University of Cincinnati, Springfield College, and Boston University. Herbert T. Miller died in Cincinnati, OH, where he had settled after retiring from the Manhattan Division of the Protestant Council of the City of New York.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1950; "Herbert T. Miller chosen boro inter-faith leader," Baltimore Afro-American, 04/03/1948, p.17; "Herbert T. Miller, retired executive of Y.M.C.A., dies in Cincinnati," New York Times, 01/27/1977, p. 81; and "Herbert T. Miller, church executive," The Cincinnati Enquirer, 01/22/1977, p.36.

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