2022 – #52 Ancestors Challenge – Week 43 – Organized

This week’s theme is “Organized.” Organizing can refer to papers, files, etc., but it can also refer to people. Did your ancestor belong to any organizations? Did your ancestor organize any activities?

When I think of organizations, I think about my cousin, Stanley Miller. Stanley was born on June 5, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Idell Scott and John Robert Miller, and he died on September 9, 2021. In 1966, he graduated from Glenville High School and attended Kent State University in the hopes of becoming a music teacher. However, he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Stanley later received a Master’s degree from Cleveland State University in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership. While at Kent, he interned at Ohio Bell Telephone Company and later worked full-time there. He retired after 33 years in the position of Vice-president of External Affairs.

Stanley served in over 30 community organizations during his life and had two appointments by Ohio State Governors. He served as Executive Director of the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 2005-2011. The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP in 1912 had the primary goal of improving the political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups. After the NAACP, he served on the Warrenville Heights, Ohio, school board. [1]

[1] “About Us – CLEVELAND NAACP – Objectives,” NAACP Cleveland Branch, (http:://Clevelandnaacp.org/project/about/: accessed 31 October 2022).

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