Civil Rights Historian Taylor Branch Endorses Mary Miller for Mayor of Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD – Today, former Obama Administration official and Democratic mayoral candidate Mary Miller received an endorsement from Taylor Branch, a Baltimore-based Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Grant-winning historian known for his definitive books on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement.

This endorsement comes after a recent independent poll from The Baltimore Sun, the University of Baltimore and WYPR-FM showed Mary Miller tied for first. Additionally, Mr. Branch joins earlier endorsements from a group of clergy from across Baltimore, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, and 142 women across the Baltimore area, a testament to the broad, diverse coalition of support Mary Miller has built.

“With our beloved city facing a COVID-19 depression on top of stubborn racial injustice, Baltimore must rise above familiar politics and promises,” said Branch. “Mary Miller helped resurrect Detroit as a leader in President Obama’s Treasury Department. Here she can lead a diverse team to modernize city government while building opportunity and new hope for every neighborhood. Please consider giving Mary Miller your vote.”

“I revere Taylor Branch’s work and I’m so grateful for his support,” Miller said. “After decades of working in Baltimore communities, I’m tired of the lack of progress. While I’m outside the political system that has failed Baltimore, I’m no stranger to the city and it’s needs. I’m running because of my love for Baltimore and as part of my commitment to make this city work for everyone.”

After a trailblazing career studying cities, investing in Baltimore’s infrastructure, and leading large organizations, Mary Miller was appointed by President Obama after the financial crisis to help lead our country’s economic recovery. This experience further honed her experience and crisis management skills to tackle Baltimore’s complex problems.

About Mary Miller:

Mary Miller is a Democrat running for mayor of Baltimore, her home of 34 years. Her career has been spent studying urban planning and investing in cities. In 2009, President Obama appointed Mary to help lead our country’s recovery from the great recession. As the first woman to serve as the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department, Mary oversaw the entire U.S. economy. Mary left the Obama administration determined to help strengthen her hometown and has been working to get money flowing into neighborhoods that have been left out and helps women and people of color start small businesses and revitalize historically neglected areas of the city.

About Taylor Branch:

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand.

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