Gordon Parks, How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
Albert Whitman and Company, 2015
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work
The youngest of 15 children, Gordon Parks was born into a time when African-Americans were thought to be only suited for porter and waiter jobs. When he was 25 he saw a magazine spread about migrant farm workers and he was inspired to purchase a camera for $7.50 at a pawn shop. The camera changed his life. Talented and self-taught, Gordon Parks decided to take pictures of his America. He soon earned a position with the federal government to take pictures to tell the story of Black America. He soon became famous and made many creative contributions, including many beyond photography, that helped change African-America’s place in America.
One of the many stories children won’t hear in their studies, but of real people who made a difference to many others. An afterward includes photos and more details about Gordon Parks.