Oral history interview with William J. Miles, 1994

Miles, William J., 1926 - interviewee

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  • 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).


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