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Parks, Gordon (1912-2006) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Parks, Gordon (1912-2006)

Historical Note:

30 November 1912: Born

1969 First African American to write and direct a majory Hollywood film, "The Learning Tree"

1971 Directed the movie "Shaft"

1972 Directed the movie "Shaft's Big Score!"

1974 Directed the movie "The Super Cops"

1976 Directed the movie "Leadbelly"

1984 Directed an episode of American Polayhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyessy

1987 Directed the movie "Moments Without Proper Names"

1988 National Medal of Arts

7 March 2006: Death

Sources: Information researched from the webpage of the Gordon Parks Foundation website's biography page and the Internet Movie Database's entry on Gordon Parks.

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