Macy’s will honor the legacy of American cultural hero Gordon Parks in celebration of Black History Month with a special film series event and exhibit at Macy’s Union Square on Thursday, Feb. 21.
In partnership with The Gordon Parks Foundation and the American Black Film Festival, the “Gordon Parks: Black American Icon” event will feature Parks’ photographs and “In Conversation” discussion focusing on the artists’ influence on film and the future of African-American cinema.
Eriq La Salle, of “ER” fame, will be the featured speaker.
“Exemplary Americans like Gordon Parks serve to inspire generations with a rich legacy of achievement that crosses boundaries. From photography to film and music, Gordon Parks is the perfect American hero to honor during Black History Month celebrations at Macy’s,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice president of Diversity Strategies.
From the early 1940s until his death in 2006, Parks created a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights and urban life.
“Parks’ genius was based on the respect and trust he brought to his subjects, not only through the lens of his camera but through his own personal story,” said Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. executive director, The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Parks had a profound impact on the arts as the first African-American to work as a photographer at LIFE magazine.
In 1969, he became the first African-American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel “The Learning Tree,” followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture “Shaft.”
For more information visit www.macys.com/celebrate.