College to Host Program in Honor of MLK Jr Day

URBANA, Ohio (January 18, 2011) - In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Urbana University College and the Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences invite the public to a presentation by Ray Miller, president of the Center for Urban Progress, entitled, “Social Justice Through the Legislative Process – Is the Legacy of the Dream Being Fulfilled?” on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sara Landess Room on the main level of the University Student Center.  There is no charge. The building is handicap accessible.

Mr. Ray Miller is an entrepreneur, political strategist, and an engaged community leader. Besides being the president of the Center for Urbana Progress, he is also head of Ray Miller Enterprises, and publisher of The Columbus African American news journal. Mr. Miller firmly believes that “one should never allow their greatest accomplishment to become their highest achievement in life.” Accordingly, he has entered the newspaper businesses with a passion and zeal to transform the way in which the media impacts urban communities.

For 24 years, Miller served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly; first as a state representative in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years as a state senator where he was elected by his colleagues to be the Minority Whip and Minority Leader.

During his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, he was the chief sponsor of some of the most significant healthcare, human services, and education legislation ever enacted in the State of Ohio.  Such legislation included the creation of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Community Mental Health Act of 1988, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. He is known as the “Father of Head Start Funding” in Ohio because of his sponsorship of legislation that established the nation’s first state-level funding for the Head Start Program.

At the national level, Mr. Miller served on the White House staff as Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Director of Legislation for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and vice president of Minority Affairs for Columbus State Community College.

Miller established the Center for Urban Progress which partners with the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center of the Ohio State University to conduct the “Ray Miller Institute for Change and Leadership.” The Institute utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach for the teaching of essential leadership skills and attributes to African-Americans who aspire to be change agents within their communities. In addition, the Center focuses on issues of family stability, health disparities, and economic development.

A graduate of Columbus East High, Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from The Ohio State University.  He is a member of the Second Baptist church and a life member of the NAACP and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Miller was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Central State University and the Board of Directors for the Ohio Minority Development Finance Advisory Board.

For more information on this program, contact Dr. Alice Siddle, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 937-484-1236.


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