March 15, 2006
Korliss Uecker Performs at Memorial Service for Gordon Parks
Johanna Fiore
A man renown for his work behind the camera, but who wasn't content to stop there was celebrated in words and music. Parks' loved ones and colleges recounted how he overcame the personal barriers of poverty and prejudice and then learned to document them through the lens.

Parks was a longtime staff photographer for Life Magazine and directed movies such as The Learning Tree and Shaft. He was also an avid tennis player and prided himself on once beating Arthur Ashe in a game of doubles.

Friend Gloria Vanderbilt, says Parks set an example for others through his bravery.

"The choice of weapons to overcome bigotry and racism is love and not hate. Gordon will be part of us forever, but oh how we will miss him."

Parks died in 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93 years old.
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