04/05/2013 09:10 am ET | Updated Jun 05, 2013

Roger Ebert, Champion Of Black Film

Roger Ebert, the beloved film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has passed away after a very long, public battle with thyroid cancer at the age of 70.

After over 40 years in the business, Ebert will likely be best remembered as one half of the "Two Thumbs Up" hosts of the movie review television series At the Movies, which he headlined alongside the late Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper for decades.

But the Pulitzer Prize winner, who is survived by his African-American wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, was also a great champion of black filmmakers and cinema.


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