Robert Miles provided leadership during the Civil Rights Movement in the city of Batesville. Miles worked with COFO to register black voters. Miles's leadership came with a huge sacrifice of safety. He received threatening calls, and in 1967 local residents fired shots at his house. As the black community became politically active, Miles was seen as a key endorser of candidates. He was also the first black candidate to run for County Board of Supervisors.
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