New Book Offers Historical Overview of Black Achievements in Boston

Author Melvin B. Miller believes it can be hard for the black community in Boston to maintain an inspired outlook, largely due to the lack of media attention to black achievements. This limited coverage, “has created the impression of continual failure.” In Miller’s new book “Boston’s Banner Years: 1965–2015: A Saga of Black Success” (published by Archway Press), Miller refutes the negative implications of alleged black incompetence by chronicling black success in a series of journalistic accounts that highlight black achievement in Boston over the course of 50 years.

Miller has compiled an array of stories that showcase Boston’s diverse black community, offering a historical review of the multitude of black success stories in numerous fields. In addition, Miller also provides an overview of the efforts black people have made to improve their status from colonial times that helped “to establish the cultural milieu in which Boston’s black community developed.”

“Boston has become an incubator of black success,” says Miller. “Readers will be introduced to a well-documented record of the achievements of Boston’s vibrant and diverse black community.”

The book is available for purchase at:

“Boston’s Banner Years: 1965–2015”
By Melvin B. Miller
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 402 pages | ISBN 9781480862517
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 402 pages | ISBN 9781480862524
E-Book | 402 pages | ISBN 9781480862531
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Melvin B. Miller, who grew up in Boston, was inspired by the success of others whose progress was not derailed by discrimination. He graduated from Boston Latin School, Harvard College and Columbia Law School. In 1965, he founded the Bay State Banner, a weekly newspaper designed to enable his Roxbury community to be well informed. He has served as publisher and editor for more than 50 years.

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