Macy’s honored the extraordinary legacy of celebrated composer, author and filmmaker Gordon Parks in Houston for his contributions to African American culture. Parks inspired generations of photographers and filmmakers by becoming the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his best-selling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the enormously successful motion picture Shaft.
Panelists for the Macy’s in-store private lecture series included; David Parks, son of Gordon Parks; Llyod Gite, former television reporter and African art gallery owner; Joy Sewing, fashion and beauty editor for the Houston Chronicle; Rebecca Briscoe, national features correspondent at Houston Style Magazine; and Ray Carrington, director of Jack Yates High School photography program.
Following the lecture series guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments provided by Esterlina Vineyards. Plus, with any purchase of $50 or more during the event attendees received a commemorative Gordon Parks journal.