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Gorden Parks Remembered at Riverside Church

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer Gordon Parks was remembered yesterday at Riverside Church in Manhattan. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has this report.

REPORTER: 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.

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

REPORTER: Parks died earlier this month at his home in Manhattan. He was 93 years old.

For WNYC, I'm Kathleen Horan.

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