2nd Annual William Miles Essay Contest

1 Jul
William Miles

William Miles

This past spring, in partnership with the African & African American Studies Program, the Film and Media Archive awarded a prize of $500 to an outstanding undergraduate essay that made significant use of rare or unique materials from the archive.

This prize honors the life and work of filmmaker William Miles, who chronicled the achievements of African Americans in documentaries such as I Remember Harlem and Men of Bronze. The Washington University Film and Media Archive houses the William Miles Collection.

The essays were judged by a committee consisting of faculty members and archive staff.  During the 2008-2009 academic year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of faculty members who have created writing assignments that require, or strongly encourage, use of our materials.  The involvement of faculty, who have integrated the archive into their assignments and have pushed their students to submit essays, has been extremely important to the success of this venture.

Sima Kaplan and Jodi Smith

Sima Kaplan and Jodi Smith

We would like to announce that the winner of the undergraduate prize is Jodi Smith for her paper “The Child Development Group in Mississippi: An Analysis of Head Start and the Importance of the Civil Rights Movement.” This paper was written for Professor Maggie Garb’s class, Poverty and Social Reform in American History. Congratulation to Ms. Smith for her outstanding work.

The committee also wanted to recognize Sima Kaplan with an Honorable Mention for a freshman paper entitled “A Journey to Self-Awareness: Sonia Sanchez and the Black Female Identity.” Ms. Kaplan’s paper was written for Professor Sowande’ Mustakeem’s class, Critical Themes in African-American Women’s History: Sexuality, Violence, and the Love of Hip Hop.

Sponsored by Washington University Libraries and the African and African-American Studies Program. More photos from the event.

Dean Shirley Baker

Dean Shirley Baker

Professor Joseph Thompson announcing the winner, Jodi Smith

Professor Joseph Thompson announcing the winner, Jodi Smith

William Miles Event

William Miles Event

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