Melvin Miller
Original Author: Nina Tasara, photographer
Created: 2009
Medium: Photographs

Melvin Miller

This portrait photograph shows Melvin Miller of Alexandria. Miller graduated from Howard Law School in 1955 and spent a considerable portion of his career offering pro bono legal services to civil rights advocates. As president of the Durant Street Civic Association and vice president of his local NAACP chapter, he organized against the ongoing displacement of Alexandria’s Black communities. In 1970 Miller became the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) chair, a position he held for two lengthy terms, from 1970-1977 and again from 2001-2012. In part because of his efforts, the Alexandria urban renewal project centered on The Dip neighborhood successfully redeveloped the area without displacing Black residents.