Minnesota University to Honor Gordon Parks

Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has dedicated its new exhibition space The Gordon Parks Galley. The gallery, on the third floor of the university’s main library, will open next weekend with an exhibition of Parks’ photographs.

Gordon Parks, who lived in St. Paul, was a true Renaissance man. He was the first African-American photographer for Life magazine. But he was also successful at poetry, painting, films, journalism, fiction writing, and musical composition. Parks, a native of Kansas, died in 2006 at the age of 93.