Gordon Parks’ Son, David, Speaking at Marymount Manhattan College: Honoring a Lifetime of Social Justice

Authored by Caitlyn Daddona

Photo was taken during Marymount Manhattan College’s 58th Commencement, on May 18th, 2007. This photograph shows David Parks, son of famous photographer Gordon Parks receiving an Honorary Degree on behalf of his father.

On May 18th, 2007 Marymount Manhattan College held a commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduating class of 2007. Honored in the ceremony were individuals who had contributed to society and one such individual was Gordon Parks. Almost a year before the Marymount Manhattan College Commencement where Gordon Parks was to receive an Honorary Degree for his commitment to portraying the faces of poverty, race relations and civil rights in his photography, he died at the age of 93 (Grundberg 2006). His son, David Parks, received the degree in his father’s place.

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