This past week in Macy's Department store, in Upscale Union Square in San Francisco Gordon Parks, the amazing American photographer was celebrated by many! As we were in the middle of Black History Month it was exciting, informative and fun!
The Bay Area chapter of 100 Black Men filled the house nothing short of Bold, Brilliant and Unapologetically Black as the co-hosts of the event. News anchor Dana King, Socialite Danny Williams and Dr. Charley Hames, Pastor of the Great Cathedral Beebe Memorial were local celebs sprinkled throughout the crowd.
The event was an opportunity for everyone to celebrate Gordon Parks contribution to photography, Art and American history! Gordon Parks was a celebrated composer, author and filmmaker who challenged the conversation of Americans of all colors and ethnicities during his life until his demise from Cancer in 2006. Parks was also the writer-director of "The Learning Tree" followed by the highly successful motion picture, "Shaft."
We were entertained by local radio host Renell who moderated a progressive conversation with Eriq LaSalle and Kim Coles. The two superpower Black Actors, producers and authors discussed the importance of creating their own opportunities so that the ability to speak our own stories was present.
"We need to be the decision makers, that is what Gordon Parks decided at a time that was unpopular...and he was our trailblazer. He did not ask permission." Eriq LaSalle, who is from the famed ER and Coming to America film, stated.
The Gordon Parks event has traveled across the nation informing people of all colors about the important and historic part that Gordon Parks has played in our American landscape. I encourage you to check out and learn more about Gordon Parks by going to Macy's and viewing the presentation at over 14 Macy's around the nation during the Month of February!
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's Black History Month. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
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