Miller, born to a former slave, became the go-to lawyer for black homeowners.
Professor Greg Robinson writes Loren Miller's activism was not restricted to legal matters alone and defending African Americans. Miller "distinguished himself as a defender of Japanese Americans in face of widespread wartime hostility against them."
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Dr. William D. Hutchinson, Gamma Zeta Boule' writes “The book covers Loren Miller’s extraordinary life from his birth on a farm in Nebraska in 1903…His travels to the Soviet Union in the early 1930’s were followed by accusations in the 1940’s that he was a communist. The volume details the many civil rights issues about which he wrote and the cases he fought throughout the country and at the U.S. Supreme Court. His 1948 victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Shelley v. Kraemer, which outlawed the racially discriminating restrictive covenants in housing,” and much more.
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Kay Lee, Drs. Amina Hassan and William D. Hutchinson
Lorn S. Foster (Professor of Politics at Pomona College) writes in the Western Historical Quarterly Review that: "Amina Hassan presents us with an excellent...history of the West in her biography of Loren Miller...[and] reveals Miller as a hidden jewel...and an unsung hero of the national Civil Rights movement."
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On February 17th, The Azara Group's Founder & CEO (Fatimah Gilliam) and Consultant (Amina Hassan) spoke at Aetna's annual Black History Month event about civil rights trailblazer Loren Miller and leadership lessons for today.
It was held at Aetna's corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut
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“I appreciated the way Dr. Hassan made historic information relevant to our lives today.”
“Learning about another pioneer in black history was very compelling.”
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On January 21, 2017, when Paul Bryan Gray presented Dr. Hassan with the 2016 Donald H. Pflueger book award, the most prestigious award given by the Historical Society of Southern California he said “This book is a monument to Loren Miller that will be invaluable to future historians . . . it will stand for many many years to come." He added that her biography, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist is “Absolutely Superb.” Mr. Gray, an attorney and author of Clamor for Equality, is an at-large board member of the HSSC, the oldest historical society in California. HSSC was founded in 1883.
Dr. Amina Hassan receiving the 2016 Donald H. Pflueger book award from Paul B. Gray of the Historical Society of Southern California.
Miller biography on NMAAHC shelf
The museum store of the new and 19th Smithsonian Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC, is set to offer Dr. Hassan’s well-received biography, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist (University of Oklahoma Press). “A recommended work that adds to the corpus of civil rights histories and adds a rich portrait of a central figure in the related struggle,” says the Library Journal, the oldest and most respected U.S. library publication.
Lonnie G. Bunch, III, NMAAHC Founding Director
“I just love the (Loren Miller) book.”
Loren Miller was one of the most important civil rights lawyers of the twentieth century. He drafted most of the legal briefs in the landmark U. S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education and argued alongside Thurgood Marshal in Shelley v. Kraemer, another landmark Supreme Court Case which effectively abolished racially restrictive housing covenants. Miller fought against the segregation of Mexican-American children in California’s public schools and the internment of Japanese-Americans and foreign nationals during World War II. He was a good friend of Langston Hughes. “Everyone should know Loren Miller’s story,” says Harvard law professor, Kenneth Mack.
The Loren Miller biography will be available in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture museum store on September 24, after the opening dedication ceremonies featuring President Barak Obama. Commemorate your visit with a purchase either for yourself or for a friend.
Lorn S. Foster, Professor of Politics, Pomona College says,
"Amina Hassan presents us with an excellent
synthesis of African American History
and the history of the West in her biography
of Loren Miller. . . Hassan’s biography reveals Miller as a hidden
jewel in the history of California journalism
and legal system, and an unsung hero of
the national Civil Rights movement."
The Western Historical Quarterly is the official journal of the Western History Association.
▪ Loren Miller: Legal Crusader in the Long Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century
In this essay, journalist and historian Amina Hassan, Phd, describes her 2015 biography of Loren Miller, a significant but understudied figure in the long twentieth century campaign for civil rights and racial justice. –
“Situated at the crossroads of those stories of westward black migration, Jim Crow, black and multiethnic civil rights, radicalism, and cultural production is the figure of Loren Miller ...”