Gordon Parks: Born Black: A Personal Report on the Decade of Black Revolt 1960-1970

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About the Author
Gordon Parks's retrospective book of art photography, Half Past Autumn, published in 1997, coincided with an exhibition organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., which traveled in the United States from that year until 2003, and an HBO documentary that aired on November 30, 2000. He has authored numerous books of art, fiction, memoir (including A Star for Noon), photographs, and a CD of his music (2000). He published The Learning Tree, a novel, in 1963, and three previous autobiographies, A Choice of Weapons, To Smile in Autumn, and Voices in the Mirror. He died in March 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
A staff writer at the New Yorker, Jelani Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. The recipient of fellowships from the Fullbright and Ford Foundations, he lives in New York.
Nicole R. Fleetwood is the professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers University. Her work on art and mass incarceration has been featured at the Aperture Foundation, the Zimmerli Museum of Art, the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and the Cleveland Public Library, and her exhibitions have been praised by the Nation, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice. She is the author of On Racial Icons and of Troubling Vision, which won the Lora Romero Prize from the American Studies Association. Her book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration was published in April 2020.
Exemplifies the contemporary resonance of the photographer's oeuvre--and his commitment to social justice.--David Friend "Vanity Fair"
Parks's text is integral to the book's power; in it, he offers elaboration and contemplation, revealing his complex relationship to race and the movements he observed.--Elodie Saint-Louis "AnOther"