Film maker Bill Miles in tribute

Ron Scott | 5/31/2013, 11:51 a.m.
Film maker Bill Miles in tribute

His three-part series "Black Champions" focused on Black athletes and their roles in the fight for civil rights, from Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and early players on the football field.

"The Different Drummer: Blacks in the Military" concentrated on African-American soldiers in recent decades. Miles co-produced a film on poet, author, playwright and activist James Baldwin, called "James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket," which debuted in 1989 on PBS's "American Masters" series.

"Black Stars in Orbit," a documentary on African-Americans in the space program, was followed by "Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II," which Miles co-produced with Nina Rosenblum.

"Liberators" followed Miles' continued interest about the experiences of Black soldiers and focused on their liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The TBS series "The Untold West" presented the story of Black cowboys in the old west.

Miles leaves behind a wealth of documentaries that serve as learning tools, and take a look into piercing moments in Black history from his perspective using archival footage, still photographs and narration. In his 82 years on the earth, he helped make it a better place.

Miles will be missed by his family, fans and friends, but he leaves behind a spirited legacy for everyone to follow.