Black History Month Spotlight: Gordon Parks


Today’s BHM spotlight is on film director, Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks

  • Born on November 30, 1912, Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was a photographer, musician, novelist, journalist, activist and film director.
  • Parks was the first African-American director of a Hollywood motion picture, The Learning Tree (1969). The film was an adaptation of a the book he authored of the same title, written in 1963. Parks also wrote the musical score and the screenplay for the film.
  • Parks was also well known for his photo essays in Life Magazine on capturing images surrounding various subjects that included fashion, civil rights issues, poverty, sports, and Broadway.
  • Parks is best known for directing the 1970s hit blaxploitation film, Shaft.

Since I couldn’t find any clips of The Learning Tree, I thought you all would enjoy the trailer from the original Shaft.


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