The long-time head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is being remembered as an ardent defender of freedom of speech.
Chicagoan Jay Miller passed away Tuesday in Evanston due to complications from emphysema. Services will be held today, January 6th, at Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie.
Miller landed on President Nixon’s enemies list in part for defending protestors arrested during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Colleen Connell, who succeeded Miller as Executive Director of the Illinois ACLU, says Miller’s legacy on human rights is profound on both a local and national level.
“Jay was a lion in every meaning of the word,” Connell says. “He was among the most courageous human beings in defending other people and defending constitutional principles.”
Miller was 83 years old.