R.I.P Mr. William Miles

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.

Please read more about him below:

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.
Mr. Miles was part historical sleuth, part preservationist, part bard. His films, which combined archival footage, still photographs and fresh interviews, were triumphs of curiosity and persistence in unearthing lost material about forgotten subjects.
His first important film, “Men of Bronze” (1977), was about the 369th Infantry Regiment, an all-black combat unit that the Army shipped overseas during World War I but, because of segregationist policies, fought under the flag of France. Serving with great distinction, the unit spent more time in the front-line trenches than any other American unit. Collectively, it was awarded the Croix de Guerre and came to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters and also the Black Rattlers.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/mo….html?src=recg


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