As a young attorney Robert Millender forged and successfully ran the political campaigns of a great many African-American politicians. Most noted are former Secretary of State Richard Austin, Congressman John Conyers and Mayor Coleman Young. The University of Rochester Millender Fellowship was established in memory of Robert.
Wayne State University runs the and Louise Millender Memorial Lecture. In early 1980s the Millender Center was named in honor of Robert Millender"s contributions to Detroit.