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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: August 21, 2020

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Jamey Christoph

This picture book biography introduces readers to the life and work of multi-talented artist Gordon Parks. It traces Parks’ path to becoming one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, and also illuminates the life of Ella Watson, who was the subject of Parks’ career-defining photograph. In this photograph, Watson stands in front of an American flag with a broom and mop, capturing the tension between ideals of freedom and the realities of racism and segregation. Like many of Parks’ images, it feels as relevant today as when it was taken. Lyrical prose from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford makes this a compelling read aloud, and illustrations by James Christoph bring many of Parks’ iconic black and white images to life, in color.

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