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African American Chamber of Commerce founding board member, William R. Miller IV dies

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May 6, 2016 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  William R. Miller IV

Founding board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce [AACC] and influential civic leader, William R. Miller IV passed away last weekend. He was 68.

For several decades, Mr. Miller helped guide the political aspirations of some of the biggest names in city politics and helped elect W. Wilson Goode Jr. as the first black mayor.

In 1981, he founded Ross Associates, a public relations and communications firm whose clients included politicians, corporations and government agencies, including the School District of Philadelphia. In 2001, his firm landed one of the first contracts with the newly formed School Reform Commission as a communications consultant.

Mr. Miller spent 20 years in city government under several administrations. Under Mayor William J. Green, Mr. Miller established a task force to increase minority hiring in the police department.

In addition to being a founding board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, he was cofounder of the Advisory Commission on African American Affairs under Gov. Robert Casey. He was a former trustee of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Mr. Miller is remembered as being a dedicated figure in city politics and an amazing role model for the African-American community whose presence will be missed.

A viewing will be held for Miller Friday, May 6 from 8AM to 11AM at Salem Baptist Church on 610 Summit Avenue in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. A funeral service will immediately follow at the church.

–Contributed by AACC

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