Black History Month Profiles: Gordon Parks, Photographer and Humanitarian

During Black History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of Black innovators and history makers such as Gordon Parks who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout February to learn more about important figures.

Born: Nov. 30, 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas
Died: March 7, 2006, New York, New York
Best known for: Being the first Black photographer to have work featured in Life and Vogue magazines.


Between the 1940s and 2000s, Gordon Parks’ photography depicted the highs and lows of American life and culture during some of our most rich but also turbulent decades. His imagery focused on social issues including civil rights, poverty and urban life. In addition to being a photographer, he was also a composer, author, painter and filmmaker.

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