Miles was born on July 8, 1938 in Hearne, Texas to Millie Ann Miles and John Henry Miles, Sr.
He attended Blackshear High School in Hearne before coming to Austin in 1956 as a member of the first class of African-Americans undergraduates to attend the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from UT, he received a Masters degree in Government from the University of North Texas in Denton.
As an educator, he taught at Kealing Junior High and later as a professor of Government at Austin Community College.
He participated in civic and political life, both on a state and local level, most notably working for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, serving as an assistant to then State Comptroller Bob Bullock, the first African-American to do so, being appointed as a member of the Austin Planning Commission, and working as the Executive Director of the Austin Housing Authority.
Charles Murray Miles died peacefully at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas on February 25th at the age of 81. Charles was predeceased by his parents, John and Millie, his wife Winona Wilson Miles, and two siblings—John and Jewel.
He is survived by three sons, Paul, Charles, and Jonathan, all of Austin, Texas and five siblings, Iola, Edgar, Elijah Walter, Joy, and Ella, of Austin, Amarillo, San Diego, California, North Carolina, and Anaheim, California, respectively.
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