Academic journal article The Journal of Negro History

Willie Leanna Miles: A Half Century of Service to the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the Associated Publishers, Inc

Academic journal article The Journal of Negro History

Willie Leanna Miles: A Half Century of Service to the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the Associated Publishers, Inc

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Dedication, devotion, loyalty and commitment to service and the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH) characterized the career of Willie Leanna Miles.

Ms. Miles was born on August 5, 1918 in Cordele, Georgia to John and Leanna Wood Miles. Migrating to Washington, D.C. in 1942 to work in the federal government, she achieved the position of a Supervisory Supply Requirement Officer and remained in that capacity until 1957. While busy effecting significant changes in the federal government, Ms. Miles found time to perform general duties for Dr. Carter G. Woodson and obtain a B.S. degree in Business Administration, in early 1980, from the University of the District of Columbia.

Ms. Miles worked closely with Dr. Woodson at ASALH in a secretarial capacity for seven years and in the same capacity with Associated Publishers for sixteen years. She was then promoted to the position of administrative assistant with ASALH and served in this capacity for twelve years. Her commitment to Afro-American history and ASALH was most often demonstrated by her unique ability to carry Dr. Woodson's message to the schools and communities.

Her exemplary abilities as Managing Director of Associated Publishers established an expanded Afro-American History Month Kit; developed materials for the kit; established workshops and media festivals and promoted Afro-American history, domestically as well as internationally. …

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