|Photo: The Gordon Parks Foundation|
I had the opportunity to attend a special presentation at Macy’s Lenox Square honoring the 100th anniversary of famed photographer, Gordon Parks. The program was part of their Black History Month celebration and is coming to Macy’s stores across the country this month.
I have been a fan of Gordon Parks, the humanitarian who chronicled the social justice and civil rights movement from the 1940’s until 2006, without really knowing too much about him. I just loved the way his photographs jumped off the page…how the emotion was so stark and real. Check out some photos courtesy of the Gordon Parks Foundation and you’ll see what I mean!
At the Macy’s event, actor/director (and former ER hunk) Eriq La Salle was there to shed some light on Mr. Parks and his contributions to both American and African American cinema. Mr. La Salle said it was his high level of integrity, in both his personal and professional life, that enabled Gordon Parks to inspire generations of Americans including himself. Like Gordon Parks, Eriq is a renaissance man himself, having just published his first novel, Laws of Depravity (which I am looking forward to reading)!
I love that Macy’s is sponsoring these conversations and am thrilled that there was such a huge crowd in Atlanta to honor an American icon, Gordon Parks, as well as black history in general. Go ‘head Macy’s!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and I attended the event gladly!