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Oral History Interview with Rev. William J. Miles, March 18, 1994, part I

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Creator:Miles, William J., 1926-
Creator:Congress of Racial Equality
Creator:City of Milwaukee Police Department
Creator:Milwaukee United School Integration Committee
Creator:Rodriguez, Marc S., 1968-
Title:Oral History Interview with Rev. William J. Miles, March 18, 1994, part I
Date:1994 Mar. 18

William J. Miles was born 13 August 1926, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He served as a priest in the Episcopal Church from 1951 until his retirement in 2004. He was active in the Milwaukee Congress of Racial Equality, and helped to organize the Milwaukee United Schools Integration Committee.

Interviewed by Marc S. Rodriguez on 18 March 1994 in Glendale, Wisconsin.

Tape-recorded interview of Rev. William Miles, providing information on his experiences during the civil rights movement in Milwaukee circa 1964-1969. In this oral history, Miles discusses his role in the Milwaukee United School Integration Committee (MUSIC) of which he was a founder. Topics include the Freedom Schools in Milwaukee; Fr. James Groppi; Lloyd Barbee; and MUSIC's relationships with UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Miles also discusses the reaction of his parish, the Anglican Church, and the broader community to his actions. He also provides some information on his experiences with retail (Porters of Racine).

St. George's Episcopal Church--Wisconsin--Milwaukee

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Subjects:Groppi, James, 1930-1985 | Groppi, James, 1930-1985--Religion | Groppi, James, 1930-1985--Public opinion | Howard, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Cabot), 1925- | Barbee, Lloyd A., 1925- | Gregory, Dick | Cleaver, Eldridge, 1935-1998 | Maier, Henry W., 1918- | Maier, Henry W., 1918- --Public opinion | Miles, William J., 1926- | Lins, Fred E., 1908-1967 | Walker, Lucius, 1930-2010 | Morheuser, Marilyn, 1924-1995 | Gregg, B. S. (Bertram S.), 1909- | Seraphim, Christ T., 1918-1998 | Jacobson, Thomas M., 1938- | Oral history--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Milwaukee United School Integration Committee | Congress of Racial Equality | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | National Urban League | Nicene Creed | Clergy--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African American clergy--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | City clergy--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Businessmen--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | City council members--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Milwaukee sentinel | Racism--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Race relations | Milwaukee (Wis.)--Race relations | Religion | Episcopal Church--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Civil rights--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Suburbs--Wisconsin | Race relations--Religious aspects | Liberalism--Religious aspects | Civil rights workers--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Women civil rights workers--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African American civil rights workers--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African Americans--Civil rights--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Innocence (Psychology) | African Americans--Civil rights--Florida | African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States | Civil rights workers--Florida | Racism--Florida | Southern States--Race relations | Florida--Race relations | Discrimination in public accommodations--Florida | Intimidation--Florida | Police--Florida | Police chiefs--Florida | Korean War, 1950-1953 | Chaplains--United States | Civil rights demonstrations--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | School boards--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Anglican orders | Catholic Church--Relations--Anglican Communion | Police--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Harassment--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Milwaukee journal | Judges--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Lawyers--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African American lawyers--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Social justice--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Musical recreations | Clergy--Relocation--Wisconsin | Clergy--Secular employment--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Nuns--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Catholic Church--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Catholics--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Fund raising--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Struggle--Religious aspects | Race awareness--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African Americans--Race identity--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | After-school programs--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Clergy--Political activity--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Church finance--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Discrimination in education--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Segregation in education--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | School integration--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | School boards--African American membership--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | African American school superintendents--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | United States, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee, 43.0389025, -87.9064736
Collection:March on Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project
Institution:Golda Meir Library (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries)
Contributors:Golda Meir Library. Special Collections
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Oral history interview with William J. Miles, 1994, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives Department

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