If you are like me then you probably never heard of William Miles. William Miles is a man that took it upon himself to learn film and make films about black people and our history when mainstream society could careless to do so. Unfortunately, it is by his passing that I have come to find out about this pioneer. Mr. Miles died at the age of 82 on May 12 in Queens, Ny. I just want to say thank you Mr. Miles for caring enough about future generations to not only educate them, but to leave a legacy for them. May your soul rest in peace.
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|William Miles, a self-taught filmmaker whose documentaries revealed untold stories of black America, including those of its heroic black soldiers and of life in its signature neighborhood, Harlem, where he himself grew up, died on May 12 in Queens. He was 82. Enlarge This Image
Washington University Film and Media ArchiveWilliam Miles
The cause was uncertain, but Mr. Miles had myriad health problems, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, said his wife of 61 years, Gloria.