It was May of 1980. Liberty City was on fire. In the flames of a once segregated community, two unlikely friends forged an enduring relationship. This is the story of two historians, one black and one white, who lived different yet amazingly parallel lives. Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields and Arva Moore Parks both grew up in a segregated Miami. Their lives nearly touched on many occasions yet each was unaware of the other. But in their journey to discover the past, it was history that finally brought them together.
Parallel Lives is based on the stories of Fields and Parks who share their lifetime experiences in Miami since the 1940s, a time when segregation laws divided the races into separate communities. It is a first hand account of the city’s social evolution as well as the story of a lasting friendship.
Parallel Lives is a half-hour public television documentary narrated by Julia Yarbough. The program will be broadcast on WPBT2 during the last week of September.
About the Producer:
Baker joined the WPBT staff in 1979 as a studio cameraman for the production of an innovative business news program, The Nightly Business Report, and television’s first bilingual sitcom, Que Pasa, U.S.A.?
In the mid-1980s Baker organized Channel 2’s Field Production Department. As a director of photography he traveled with his production crews around the country and to international destinations. He also worked on numerous sports and entertainment programs like Bob Hope’s NBC Christmas Special, The Honeymooners Reunion with Jackie Gleason, ABC’s Superstars, HBO’s Inside the NFL, and Univision’s Latin Music Awards.
As Special Projects Producer in the 1990s, Baker wrote and directed stories for WPBT’s magazine program, New Florida, and produced documentaries like The Flying Days of Riddle Field (1999). He created Channel 2’s first digital wide screen productions and high definition documentaries: Florida Bay and the Black Water Event (2003), Anatomy of a Hurricane (2005) and Miami: Reflections on the River (2007).
Baker also produced nature programs for WPBT’s Wild Florida seriesand is currently developing an ocean environmental episode for the station’s Changing Seas series.His productions have earned many awards of distinction for Channel 2.
Earlier this year, Baker’s historical documentary series, The Story of Florida’s State Parks (2009), was placed in a time-capsule as part of the Florida Park Service’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary celebration. The capsule will be opened in 2085 during the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary.
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