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January 01, 2014
May it comfort the family of Mr. Parks to know that Gordon has the hope of being found In God's book of remembrance. Malachi 3:16
May 24, 2013
A brilliant man. The earth is all the better for his having been on it. I would have liked to have met him in person, but I will have to console myself with his words and pictures.
March 20, 2013
The Learning Tree was a was a poweful movie portraying a beautiful black family. Gordon Parks was an amazing man. I am deeply grateful that he shared his talent and left an enduring legacy.
October 19, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 16, 2010
My deepest regret is not having been born sooner. People like Mr. Parks just don't seem to exist anymore.

With love,
May 12, 2010
To The Family of Gordon Parks, Mr.Parks was an inspiration to me. I experienced the opportunity of a lifetime. I sat and talked Mr. Parks at the 1980 Black filmakers awards. The best advice he gave me about Photography was the "Let Your Photos speak life into existence". This was my and most memorable experience in my life. I actually encountered a visit with history.
May 12, 2010
To The Family of Gordon Parks, Mr.Parks was an inspiration to me. I experienced the opportunity of a lifetime. I sat and talked Mr. Parks at the 1980 Black Filmakers Awards in Oakland Ca. The best advice he gave me about Photography was the "Let Your Photos speak life into existence". This was my most memorable experience in my entire life. I actually crossed paths with a true historian.
May 06, 2010
You're memories will still remain in our hearts.. May GOD bless you!
May 05, 2010
Thank you Mr. Parks for breaking down
walls that some people said you could not do. RIP
God Bless.
April 20, 2010
I was just reading an email from Legacy.com and came across the article for Mr. Parks and learned an interesting piece of history that Mr. Parks directed Shaft which was a very powerful movie. I only knew of him for the powerful and sometimes intense photos he took.
April 19, 2010
April 01, 2010
For Gordon...As Hollywoods
first major black director
you blazed a trail that
many would follow.

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
~
jfazio@gmail.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
March 29, 2009
Your spirit will be missed.
January 19, 2009
August 16, 2008
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
July 10, 2008
I was sadden to know that we had lost a great man,whom I had recently discovered. I had not realized that Gordon Parks was the creator of all the great works...Thank you for making us aware of the beauty of this Earth.
June 21, 2008
I sorry to hear about your lost and I would like to share with the family a comforting scripture at John11:25" Jesus said I am the resurrction and the life he that exercises faith in me, even though he dies will come to life.
May 11, 2007
thank you all revjohntrader prayer group yahoo
March 31, 2007
My condolences to the Parks family. I remember as a young child, looking into the eyes (photos) of this distinguished looking gentleman. His eyes seemed to talk, he has inspired me to dream and to persues my dreams to fuishon.
A tallented man not to be forgotton. I sign off with love and respect.
September 09, 2006
Mr. Gordon Parks,
I have been such a great admirer of your work from the time I was introduced to your first film, "The Learning Tree". I recall meeting you on several occasions in St. Paul, Mn. I worked under your nephew Mr. Bobby Hickman at the Inner City Youth Cntr. for several years. You gave me your autograph which to this day sits framed on my desk along w. August Wilson's.
May you rest in peace and God rest his wonderful soul. You have left us w. much great work to continue to admire. Everytime I take pictures, I think of your eye in the lense.
Someone Who Cares!

God Bless.
August 13, 2006
To The Bereaved Family
of Mr. Gordon Parks,

I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Gordon Parks.

Mr. Gordon Parks was well loved and admired by the Washington, DC and worldwide communities for his wonderful insight into the plight of the Black community and his honest and artistic depiction of it.

My Family and I extend our deepest condolences to the Family of Mr. Gordon Parks.

Mrs. S. R. Miller

Senior Member,
The Anacostia Gazette
June 22, 2006
Only now, researching his life, can I truly appreciate the artistry and genius of Gordon Parks, a national treasure. He lives on in his artistic expressions. My sincere sympathy to his children, grandchildren, and godchildren.
June 01, 2006
The learning tree is bearing fruit thanks to you!
May 24, 2006
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

May 08, 2006
April 02, 2006
I am only thirteen and I am inspired by this man. At first, although I hate to admit it, I was not thrilled at being assigned a movie director to write a report on. But then I learned about him, delved into his history, and I now know his impact on this world. And it is incredible. I am happy, nay, HONOURED that I am able to write a report on this man and show this to my class, to show what a great man Mr. Parks was.
I give my condolences to the Parks family, because such a death must have horrible affects.
Although I never met the man, I would, now, have LOVED to meet a man of his stature.

much love, and hope that the Parks family with have much luck in the future,

Jessica James
March 30, 2006
My truest & deepest sympathy to the Parks Family - Nothing prepared me for the news announcing Mr. Parks' death. A friend from NY called me and asked me if I heard the sad news and she knew how many years I've talked about meeting Mr. Gordon Parks yet our paths never crossed. I saw him on Oprah which was the closest I'd ever been! Truly an inspiration to many, including myself. I hope that the media does a special on his life so that many may gain closure. Again, my deepest condolences, sympathy and gratitude for such a person though we never met. Please take comfort in the the Holy Bible, particularly Isaiah 25:8,9 where by means of Jesus Christ, Almighty God will "swallow up death forever." Perhaps that day will come sooner than we can imagine!
March 29, 2006
I wrote earlier on the 8th I had planned to attend the funeral. I was home on the l6th recovering from pneumonia. I left a small bouquet of blue flowers at the cemetery yesterday. I don't know why, but I thought blue flowers seemed appropriate. The sky was a pretty blue with a few clouds, a perfect Spring day. The three sprays from the funeral were still there in spite of recent high winds. There seemed to be such a calm atmosphere in the area by Mr. Parks' final resting place. When I went to the other end of the cemetery to my family stones, there were workmen and occasional traffic on the road. I didn't have that peaceful feeling. I will be back down there Memorial Day weekend and leave flowers again, nothing extraordinary, just a token thought for a photographer and writer that so inspired me and so many others. He felt like family to so many. Thank you for sharing your daddy with all of the world. I drove by the church yesterday. Our family members attended that church until they passed away. Both family homes are west at the corner of Holbrook and 3rd. Thinking of you and may God bless you.
Betty Hyatt-Pierson
Emporia, KS

Speaking of fathers...
As ill as my father is, my parents did reach their 60th wedding anniversary March 21. I feel that is a miracle in itself.
March 28, 2006
Mr. Parks will be missed so much. He was truly a man who set a fine example in life. We all enjoyed 'The Learning Tree', but Mr. Parks gave us so much more. I hope that John 5:28,29 will give you peace.
March 20, 2006
I am a teacher of the history of photography. I have always loved to show Mr. Parks work. It has inspired several of my students to use photography to try to improve the ills of this world. The man will be missed and his work will always continue to inspire.
March 19, 2006
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. . . ."
--- II CORINTHIANS 1:3, 4 NIV
March 19, 2006
To Mr. Park's family.
I had the priviledge as a teen of meeting Mr. Parks and spending two evenings with him and Mrs. Parks when he was in Ft. Scott filming the Learning Tree. He was an inspiration to me not only for his multitude of talents, but also for his kindness and sincerity.
My sympathy for your loss.
Sincerely,
March 18, 2006
Welcome home, son.
Thanks for all you did to set the record straight!
March 18, 2006
I am so very glad that I got the chance to see you and shake your hand. I will continue to read your books, admire your photos and be blessed because you came this way.
March 18, 2006
Gordon Parks first spoke to me when I was a teenager in the 1960s, through his photographs and then his memoir called "A Choice of Weapons." This one-sided conversation continued for me throughout the rest of his life and works, most recently through his final memoir "Hungry Hearts." Gordon Parks put to admirable use his gift for humanity, the ability to stir yearnings for beauty, truth, and justice. He shared with us a perspective on the world that was vibrant, passionate, loving, and considerate. His gifts continue to light a worthy path, through the outer glow of his life's art, and through the inner light that he lit in many hearts and minds. So, read his books, look into his photographs, and, while doing so, learn how you too might speak truth to power, to feel compassion before indifference, and to choose creation over destruction.
March 18, 2006
I saw you speak once and after the lecture I so desperately wanted to just say "hi." But I was to nervous to speak to my idol so I stood very close and said nothing. I've always regreted not speaking but I cherish the fact that I was fortunate enough to see and hear your words directly from you. There is no one like Gordon Parks and I don't think there ever will be. You will be missed!
March 18, 2006
Gordon, what can one say except that you will be greatly missed.You have shown the world that no matter what the obstacles are you can and will overcome them.
March 18, 2006
To me even though I never met Mr Parks He seemed to be a very classy man. I read his book " Voices in the Mirror" and was very impressed by how candid he was. He has come full circle. He was born here in Kansas and now here he rests. Welcome Home Gordon Parks. And to his family: Thanks for making this last journey possible.
March 18, 2006
Your contributions to the world and your legacy to your people will always be remembered and cherished. You are now at home, rest in peace.
March 17, 2006
March 17, 2006
I never actually met Mr. Parks, but I am old enough I remember him being back here in Fort Scott filming The Learning Tree, he was a very dignified and professional man.
God rest his soul. He is now at peace.
March 17, 2006
My prayers are with the Parks family as they say goodby to a true gaint of our time. As a fellow Kansan, I have lost someone who inspired me to rise above how I was viewed by others. Through his pictures, movies and writings I gained inspritation to be my best and do my best as I know he has and will continue inspire others.
March 17, 2006
Your talent will be greatly missed. May your family find peace and happiness in your long life. The Lord grant you that sweet peace that we all seek. Rest now Gordon, your job is complete.
March 17, 2006
I never knew Mr. Parks personally, but I felt that I knew him from following his career over the years. I have always admired him for his achievments, his raw courage, his gentle strength. Because he was willing to embrace the odds that were against him, we were blessed and honored to embrace him.
March 17, 2006
You Will Be REmeber And Not Forgotten. I Enjoyed watching The learning Tree. It Was great,Just as You Were.We Will Mess You Deeply.
March 17, 2006
MR. PARKS WAS A HERO OF MINE WHEN I STARTED JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN HIGH SCHOOL. I FINALLY HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET HIM WHEN HIS MOVIE "SHAFT" PREMIERED IN ST. LOUIS. WHAT A GREAT TALENT AND GENTLEMAN
March 17, 2006
We met Mr. Parks in 2003 at Fort Scott during the Gordon Parks Celebration. He was a great man and we will remember him for all his contributions to society. We are very proud that he chose to come home.
March 17, 2006
I met Gordon at the KC airport and toured with him for the day in 1978. Shirley was Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in KC. Gordon was the main presenter at Banquet. We had a great day, and I instantly was impressed with his warmth and genius. We visited Gate's BarBQ downtown, where he met old friends. He met old friends everywhere. Today he is with his best friends. We wait to see him again. With Love, Dave & Shirley
March 17, 2006
Thank God that you are now "home".We will never forget you. Your teachings will be your legacy and an example for all of us.
March 17, 2006
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF A GREAT PERSON. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU STRENGHT.
March 17, 2006
What a difference he made in so many lives. Such talents. Rest in Peace
March 17, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Parks shall live forever as an inspiration to all. He was a very special role model for humanity not just people of color.
March 17, 2006
Thanks for a lifetime of memories through pictures. A legacy that is gone but not soon forgotten....
March 16, 2006
Thank you Mr. Parks. Fort Scott is a better place because of you. We welcome you home.
March 16, 2006
To The Bereaved Family and Friends of Brother Gordon Parks,

I wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brother “Baba” Gordon Parks.

Baba Gordon Parks was well loved and admired by the Washington, DC and worldwide communities for his wonderful insight into the plight of the Black community and his honest and artistic depiction of it.

The family of The Anacostia Gazette and I extend our deepest condolences to the Worldwide family and friends of Baba Gordon Parks.

Tyree Amala
Editor,
The Anacostia Gazette
March 16, 2006
Thanks for the memories.
March 15, 2006
Susan Sontag wrote that "reality is understood as plural, fascinating, and up for grabs..." Mr. Parks showed us just that in his life and his work. What a wonderful legacy he has left!
March 14, 2006
To the Parks family:

May Mr. Gordon Parks have a "peaceful journey" to the after life and may the family of Mr. Gordon Parks find comfort and peace during this sorrowful time. He lived a long and plentiful life, not too many get to see 90 plus years, on this earth. He was blessed. God Bless you all.
March 14, 2006
My mother introduced me to the works of Gordon Parks some 30 years ago when I was a teenager growing up in the Midwest. Like many things (books, movies, ideas) she introduced me to, his works had a profound influence on me, and, I hope, made me more aware of the world around me. As I pack for a trip to sunnier climes, my tattered paperback copy of A Choice of Weapons rests at the top of my suitcase.
March 13, 2006
Very well done Mr. Parks.
Rest in peace.
March 13, 2006
Gordon had an impact on me long before I met him. His creative energy and hunger to explore the world and express himself in so many different ways has inspired my creative journey. When I met Gordon at a gallery opening of his work in Florida it was impressed upon me that he wanted to ADD to the beauty.

May the Grace of God lift you during this time of tears!
March 13, 2006
As a child, I was deeply moved by your incredible photos, influencing me to become a photojournalist, and later, a college professor. Every semester my students see your work, and every semester they are moved by your insight into the human condition. There is no adequate way to thank you for the positive influence you have had, are having and no doubt will continue to have on society and those who take up the quest to "tell the truth with a camera."
March 11, 2006
Goodbye Gordon:
Thank you for the memorable 3 weeks we spent together in South Africa on behalf of Kodak and the American Embassy. I am honored to have had the opportunity to get to know you. Your contributions to American culture will be cherished forever.
March 11, 2006
I met Gordon Parks once, at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 1998. He was one of the most gracious and generous people at the workshop and took time to not just speak with, but listen to many of the 100 students there. It's that kind of and care for budding photographers that is merely a small part of what made Mr. Parks a great man and artist. The one thing I'll always remember about the workshop is John White of the Chicago Sun Times who had the unenviable fortune to follow Mr. Parks as a speaker. John White stood at the podium, grasped it with both his hands and looked down at his feet. He started his talk with eloquence. "I have to pause to reflect," he started. "Because I'm standing where my idol just stood." Rest in peace.
March 11, 2006
Gordon Parks was a national treasure. His work influenced several generations of photojournalists. But it was his willingness to explore every aspect of the world around him that made him an icon. Life will miss him.
March 11, 2006
Mr. Parks' photography in early issues of Life Magazine influenced me to begin a successful newspaper career which lasted 34 years. I have The Learning Tree and Choice of Weapons, both autographed by him, that are my most treasured possessions. May God bless Mr. Parks and the Parks family.
March 10, 2006
I express my sympathy to Mr. Park's family for the loss of their precious loved one. The world has also lost a wonderful artist, photographer and man.
March 10, 2006
Thank you Mr. Parks,for the great pictures for all the world to see.
You were the Best! Rest in Peace!
March 10, 2006
I have always admired Mr.Parks works. His photos truly captured life. He will never be forgotten.
March 10, 2006
Well done thy good and faithful servant
March 10, 2006
Well done Mr. Parks.....enjoy your journey into ancestoryhood. Thank you God/Creator for breathing life into his soul and giving him such wonderful gifts that he shared with humans on this planet.
March 10, 2006
I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS TO THE FAMILY OF MR. GORDON PARKS MY SINCERE AND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY. HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED, REMARKABLE, AND MAGNIFICENT HUMAN BEING. HE HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN INSPIRATION TO MANY. HIS WORK SPEAKS FOR ITS SELF AND WILL UNDOUBTEDLY STAND THE TEST OF TIME.
MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE PARKS FAMILY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
MAY GOD CONTINUALLY BLESS AND STRENGTHEN EACH ONE OF YOU.
MR. PARKS LIFE MADE A DIFFERENCE. HE FORGED THE WAY FOR MANY MINORITIES TO FOLLOW.
TAKE COURAGE IN KNOWING THAT IF YOU HAVE DAYS WHEN YOU HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING OR COPING WITH YOUR LOSS THAT GOD KNOWS AND HE IS NEAR TO THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN AT HEART.
MR. PARKS, YOU WERE AN ICON TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE.
THANK YOU SIR FOR EVERYTHING. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU IN MY LIFETIME.
March 10, 2006
You were an icon to the african american people.I wish that i could have been the one to carry your legacy on.Thank you sir for everything. ALWAYS PRAY.
March 10, 2006
You have left a legacy for all to admire and follow.
We will surely miss you and can only hope to capture a small bit of what you taught us.
Respectfully,

Claudia Ward
photographer
March 10, 2006
Gordon Parks was a remarkable, magnificent and exceptionally talented human being. He has been and will continue to be an inspiration to many, many generations of photographers. His work speaks for its self and will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
March 10, 2006
Feel the angels surrounding you at this very difficult time.
Love, your
March 10, 2006
Courage, inspiration,and tactfullness is the way I viewed Mr. Parks' works. He will be missed.May God bless the family & the legacy he leaves behind.
March 10, 2006
I was truly honored to call this very talented and wonderful man Uncle. Uncle Gordon, I will always treasure the times I was able to visit with you. . .but I will regret not letting you cook dinner for me. Thank you for the wonderful gifts you have left for the world to enjoy.
God bless you and everyone that loves you.
March 10, 2006
I love looking at the face of my students when I show your work. Their eyes shine with a combination of admiration and wonder...THANK YOU for your life of work!
March 10, 2006
I'm a studnet at Uniontown High School in Uniontown Kansas. It was my 10 grade when I hard about Gordon Parks. There is no words that you could say about Mr. Park because he is all of the above words that you can say about him. He did do alot in his time that no other people could do if they wonted to do. I don't get to met Gordon Park, but if I did I would ask how did you do it all those year of your life?. The time that he had with us we would like to thank you for it.
March 10, 2006
Thanks for all you have done. You will be missed but not forgotten. God bless!!!
March 10, 2006
Thank you for showing what can be done when you put your mind to it. What a great life.
March 10, 2006
A great man that will be missed by us all. God Bless his family.
March 10, 2006
Looking at mr.parks work that he has done in his life time give me great respect for him.
March 10, 2006
I was lucky to meet Mr. Parks, after one of his lectures at the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art, about 10 years ago. Being a photographer myself, I was inspired by his courage of not letting anger get the best of him during his early days at Life magazine. He was gracious enough to autograph one of his books for me after the lecture.
I was honored!
March 10, 2006
March 10, 2006
I met Mr. Parks when I was a young photojournalist assigned to photograph him. Needless to say, it was daunting. He was incredibly encouraging. He wrote "work hard" on the back of a piece of film for me and signed his name. Even though I changed careers to become an attorney representing photojournalists, Mr. Parks' advice and encouragement means as much to me today as it did 25 years ago. He was a giant. We will miss him.
March 10, 2006
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. We will always remember his great writings, etc. Many blessngs. Our love & care.
March 10, 2006
What cannot be said about his photojournalism. His approach was participatory in an era when that was not popular, yet it was so right. As others did, he bought a camera and just started to document his world. What set him apart is that is eye and his empathy were firmly linked.
March 10, 2006
As a very young person I was introduced to Ms. Ballanger, Mr. Parks sister and to the Hickman family in Minnesota. On the few occassions that I was priviledged to meet Mr. Parks I remember him as a tall, eloquent man. His works had a constant presence in our home and our mom Nancy made sure we knew his name and his projects. He is a giant of a legend...I am glad he walked with us
March 10, 2006
Mr. Gordon Parks was a remarkable African American. He has contributed to so such in his lifetime to bring awareness to poverty and many other issues that we as African American face and continue to deal with. He had many God-given talents which he used.

He was truly a GREAT American!
May you rest in peace, Mr. Parks.
March 10, 2006
Mr. Parks so stately, so handsome, so visonary, so steadfast, has has graced earth and now has transitioned. His works will be known to mankind forever, his eye opening pictures exposing the conditions of poverty and raciscm has made us better. Thanks Mr. Parks.
March 10, 2006
To the Parks family. May God watch over you all, during your time of bereavement to give ou love strength and guidance. Know that your family is in our family prayers. Sincerely Sebrena & family
March 10, 2006
Thank you brother for a life well lived. We stand on the shoulders of so many great Black men like you who have succeeded in spite of the obstacles. We honor you and pray that your family will be blessed.
March 10, 2006
To The Parks Family:
We are sorry for your loss, and grateful for how your family has touched our family over the years.

Peace and Love to all
March 10, 2006
Thanks for your beautiful and hard work. It made me proud have been able to share and enjoy your work that will always be a part of History. A life well spent, a job well done, now your race has been runned.
March 10, 2006
Thank-you sir,for all the captions of american history of archives;& telling it like it really was in the american south,& abroad.You have been blessed with enormous rightousness,foresight,strenght,att
ention to details;in depicting the world.An american treasure,will be greatly missed dearly.Thank-you sir for the memories of your lifetime,& part of ours.Grant Carrera
March 10, 2006
my heart goes out to his family.
god bless everyone.
March 09, 2006
With great respect.
Dave Hamer
A Past President
National Press Photographers Association
March 09, 2006
I have a special place in my heart and deep admiration for Mr. Parks. He is an alumnus from my high school, Mechanic Arts, (St. Paul MN). One of the highlights of my high school years was when, in 1969 (I believe), myself and other members of my high school band met him at the airport when he came to town to hold a premier of The Learning Tree, which we were also priviledged to attend for free! I have tried to keep up with his life since then, and only wish I could have met him again after reaching adulthood to talk with him one-on-one. I also remember, as a young woman in downtown St. Paul, seeing many of his photographs and books that used to be on display at Frank Murphy's (an exclusive women's shop). We are proud to claim him as a St. Paulite!! My condolences to the family and God's blessings to you all.
March 09, 2006
To a man who should be an inspiration to all of us. You have left footprints on the lives of so many. Thanks for a job well done here in this life.
March 09, 2006
March 09, 2006
Our deepest simpathy for the Gordon Parks family,a true american ICON.

The Privette family
March 09, 2006
Mr. Parks was a treasure and a true inspiration. His many gifts will be with us always. God bless him and God bless his family in their time of grief.
March 09, 2006
TO THE ENTIRE PARKS FAMILY;
TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY;
MR. GORDON PARKS HAS TRULY BEEN A SHINING STAR THROUGH OUT THE DECADES. HE HAS INSPIRED SO VERY MANY; POTRAYED HIMSELF AS A PERFECT ROLE-MODEL; AND EARNED THE HONOR AND RESPECT OF SO VERY MANY. I NEVER MET MR. PARKS PERSONALLY BUT, I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY AND KNOW THAT I GREW UP IN THE ERA OF HIS
EXISTENCE. MAY GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY AS MR. PARKS CROSSES OVER. AND MAY HIS LEGACY FOREVER GLOW!.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was one of half a dozen photographers whose work inspired my interest in photography, hence photo-journalism, hence journalism. I moved off into reporting, editing and teaching but never forgot. His "In Love" was my first autographed book. It's an honor to serve a school (Roosevelt University) that shares some of his passion for social justice.
March 09, 2006
Mr. Gordon Parks;

I have followed your life and your photograhy since I was school. I loved your photography so much that I bought all the books with all the beautiful photographs in them. I will treasure them forever. Your biography is wonderfully word and I read the book in 2 days. I will also treasure that book. You have lived a life that was interesting to me. It's an honor to have been able to follow your work and it's also an honor to have been able to meet you when I was in my black history class in high school. You shared alot of things with the class and I knew then that I wanted to follow your life. Thank for all that you have done for african americans. May god bless you and keep you.
March 09, 2006
Gordon touched and inspired my life and career beyond measure. I've had the opportunity to meet with and photograph him twice. My first time meeting him, he took my hand and before I could speak he knew what I was thinking and responded. I'll miss him.
March 09, 2006
As a high school in the early 1970s, I studied Gordon Parks' work in Life Magazine and decided to become a photojournalist. I have always strived to show the world as he did with courage, compasion and respect. If I had just 1/8th the talent he had, I would consider myself lucky.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was a great inspiration to me and my late father, James Gayle, who was also a photographer. I met Mr. Parks on several occasions but the first time was at a film seminar at NYU where I asked for advice on becoming a photographer and he told me to "just shoot". To this day a friend of mine reminds me what Gordon Parks told me when I am feeling down and out of energy. I know if he made it against his odds I can make with the path he made for us. Rest In Peace.
March 09, 2006
may god keep you in his blanket of love
March 09, 2006
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Parks' death. For me, he is a seminal figure in the arts. I teach a Visual Communication course and like to use his work to illustrate how one can communicate in various mediums, and as a groundbreaking artist, he dared to go where many people didn't - in print and image, on the big screen and small. He embodies what it means to be a true renaissance man. And although he is not with us anymore, his work remains, and it will speak volumes for years to come.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was ahead of his time. Not only did he express to the world what kind of society we live in, but he made us talk about it through his photos. He was a great champion among men and people from my generation should learn more about him and carry on a leagacy of work that still need to be seen among many. Thank you Mr.Parks.
March 09, 2006
The appearance of Gordon Parks at Western Kentucky University was a highlight of my time as director of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. He wowed students and faculty and made many new fans.
March 09, 2006
sometimes the hurt is too big for words.sorry for your lost.
March 09, 2006
To the Parks family! Gordon was and still is an insparation to all black photographers to do there very best. He was a ground breaker and a role model he will be missed by us all!! The world has lost a great talent in more ways than one. God bless Gordon and all his family!
March 09, 2006
Gordon was very special. Always, anywhere. Filled with life and excitement and ideas. He supported us when it counted. Thanks, Gordon. Love you.
March 09, 2006
As an African-American technologist/inventor...that road was made through ...going to Spain...and making a claim for all those that where there during the Spanish Civil War. Knowing of Parks' connection with Mexico..via bravo.. really helped me...see that time overseas and the connection between people of color and the iberoamerican was a way to get out of the perpetual reinactment of the American Civil War. Between Parks and Langston Hughes the connection be it with N. Guillen...or the photographic stare in Parks makes it easier to be the culture to represent it, to contribut to it, find all those that contribute to what time it is. There are those moments like the great day in Harlem...and thank you for your mastery of craft and techne...the world is getting bigger and one day we will be able to know more about Africa and South America...showing us another talented tenth. from the kid that went to ps 186...the effort of the artist and that impact survives in us...what a national treasure...Gordon Parks...you survive in all of us belafonte...odds against tomorrow...rivera...thank you
March 09, 2006
As a professional designer and educator, I can only say: Here was a GIANT among men, who consistently refused to allow racial bias, a lack of previous experience, or any other obstacles prevent him from creating a remarkable body of original, groundbreaking work, in a wide variety of media. Thank you, Gordon, for a lifetime of inspiration. May you (at last) rest in peace.
March 09, 2006
Mr. Parks has left us a remarkable body of work. I asked for a copy of the catalogue from the retrospective show, which I saw in St. Paul, Minnesota, for Father's Day a few years ago.
March 09, 2006
A photo image is as much a reflection of the heart as it is of the mind's eye of a gifted photographer such as Gordon Parks. He shared both with those who needed to see and with those who needed to be touched. Thank you Mr Parks.
March 09, 2006
I can still hear the music score from the movie.. The Learning Tree. You touched many hearts and souls with your work. Your courage, grace and spirit will be forever missed.
God bless you and your family.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was a seeker. He transcended the obstacles of his time thorough will and determination to find truth and beauty in a world of fear and pain. The premier renaissance man of his century, he has been and will continue to be an inspiration to those who contact his spirit through his work.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was too special for this world and he was here for too short a period of time. In spite of that, he will live forever in my heart and in the hearts of many who believe in the power of love and of life.
Eli Reed, Magnum Photos
March 09, 2006
A true inspiration and mentor to an entire people. Rest in Peace!
March 09, 2006
His life made a difference. He was extremely talented and forged the way for many minorities to come after. He will be missed... but his accomplishments will live on long past his hour of passing.
March 09, 2006
I was so saddend to hear of the passing of Mr. Gordon Parks. He was truly a magnificent man and will go down in the history books as one of the great men of our times. He left his mark in the sands of time. I'm so thankful that he died empty, meaning that he poured out of his life everything that was inside of him, so that we could have the legacy that will remain on this earth forever. Thank you Mr. Parks. Rest in peace.
March 09, 2006
Uncle Gordon was my Great-Uncle; brother to my Grandmother Gladys. Over the years our extended Parks family reunions have provided a sense of connections that may have not come about if not for his extraordinary gifts. Rumi, a 12th century poet said, "Let the beauty you love, be what you do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the earth." Although I didn't have a personal relationship with Uncle Gordon it is enough to know that he will eternally be the beauty he loved. Namaste, Uncle Gordon, Namaste! (Namaste= I see the God in You)
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was a man to remember for his beautiful personality as well as his works. He encouraged us to believe in our dreams and to work hard to achieve them. Thank you, Mr. Parks. He lives forever in our hearts. God be with you all.
The Herring Family.
March 09, 2006
Mr.Parks was a great man and he had done such great work that can never be copied by anyone else. I have admired his work for a very long time. His name and his work will always be remembered. and he will be missed greatly.
March 09, 2006
I Was Saddended To Hear Of Your Passing, You Were A Giant Of A Man.....Rest In Peace
March 09, 2006
My family and I understand your pain for we have just lost a strong man at the age of 91. Our prayers are with you and Mr. Parks' legend will live on through you.
March 09, 2006
I'm another transplanted Kansan in New York. I remember when I first learned that Gordon Parks was from Ft. Scott, where I have family, I suddenly began to understand that we were becoming a world without boundaries. Whether from a small Kansas town or living in the big city of New York, one person can truly make a difference. Gordon Parks made such a difference and there is a hole in the world without him now.
March 09, 2006
Thank you for the lasting impact you have made on Kansas and the rest of the world. May you rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon you.
March 09, 2006
My autographed program book from an opening of Parks' photography exhibit being toured by the Kansas Traveling Visual Arts Program in the 1980s when I lived in Wichita is framed on my "celebrity" wall. It always brings back memories of his charm (especially with the ladies) and wit. He visited with everyone there and when I asked when he was going to retire and move back to Kansas he laughed and said he still had ex-wives to support.
March 09, 2006
I am sorry about your loss.
This was a very special and talented
man. He will be greatly missed.
may you find strength from God' Word
March 09, 2006
Sorry for the Death hope things get better for your family !!!!
March 09, 2006
Our family is thinking of your family in your time of loss.
March 09, 2006
I am sorry for your loss. I really admired all of his work he was a very respectable person.
March 09, 2006
Im sorry for your loss. I admired his work
March 09, 2006
I admired your films and all your hard work.
March 09, 2006
We all love you. You are well known.
March 09, 2006
My thoughts to the family of Gordon Parks.
March 09, 2006
I first met Gordon Parks on the pages of Life magazine. As a suburban seventh grade student, I was deeply moved by his photo essay about Flavio. Many years later, I had the honor of meeting Mr. Parks in person and thanking him for opening my eyes to the much bigger world beyond my small town.
March 09, 2006
He was a good man who made a deffernce in the world.
March 09, 2006
I am very sorry for your loss he was a great man.
March 09, 2006
Sorry to learn of your loss. I hope everything goes well with you.
March 09, 2006
I grief for your loss. He was a great inspirator to many photographers of today.
March 09, 2006
Gordon Parks was a great man to Fort Scott and the world.
March 09, 2006
Born and raised in KS I was taught a little about Gordon Parks. But I knew that he was someone special. RIP- you lived a wonderful life.
March 09, 2006
A giant has fallen. Gordon Parks' photographs of the Civil Rights movement was one of the reasons I became a news photographer. A true pioneer.
March 09, 2006
May God bless your soul and keep your family in His care. I thank God for sending you to lift our spirits and bless our souls with your gifts.
March 09, 2006
Growing up as a youngster experiencing Mr. Park's work among family and now as a practicing architect Gordon Parks was always an inspiration with vision, creativity, artistic expression and a keen sense of purpose in life's pursuits and legacy.
March 09, 2006
I am a student at Uniontown High School. God Bless Mr. Parks and his family. When thinking of Mr. Parks I am reminded of the quote "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mr. Parks life and actions made a positive change in the world and he will be missed.
His family is in our thoughts.
March 09, 2006
I Thank God for Mr. Parks. He opened the doors for many future black directors and film makers. God Bless you Mr. Parks.
March 09, 2006
My earliest memory is of being dressed in my best clothes and being taken to a reception for the release of A Choice of Weaponss, at The Lexington in St Paul. I was 5 yrs old then, and he was larger than life to me then. Since then, I can count the times I've seen him in my life, and he was always cordial, witty, and humble.

To Gordon, The family and friends here in MN love you and miss you dearly.
March 09, 2006
May God's Blessings be upon you. Your legacy will not die. Thank you for all you have contributed.
March 09, 2006
I'm the history teacher at Uniontown High School and Gordon has worked with a number of our students over the years, on their projects. His kindness and love of young people was always evident. He was such a very special person. Our love goes out to his family. Gordon Parks made a difference in the world, he cared.
March 09, 2006
May God be with you and your family. We will miss you a lot. The Studnets at Uniontown High School will miss Mr. Park. We look at what he did for NHD studnets.
WE ALL WILL MISS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
March 09, 2006
An incredible trailblazer and inspiration to everyone. Thank you Gordon Parks for showing what is possible artistically and for giving your all. Well Done. God Bless You.
March 08, 2006
may your soul rest in perfect peace
March 08, 2006
You will be greatly missed. I have been a great fan of your work. I have seen your films and many of your photographs. It wasn't until this year that I literally dove into your life's work finding that you are the inspiration (besides the Almighty) that I needed to get to work on the many novels, songs and movies that overwhelms my mind. I am a begining photograher whom like you belives in taking pictures that shows not only the feelings of the subjects but those of the photographer as well. TO THE FAMILY I SEND MY CONDOLESCENSES AND WISHES YOU WELL IN LIFES JOURNIES
March 08, 2006
WILL MISS YOU!!!
March 08, 2006
As a young teenager, The Learning Tree, and, A Choice of Weapons were the most memorable books I read by Gordon Parks. He became my first and most beloved mentor. His spirit is reflected in my soul and I am at peace.
March 08, 2006
I have never met a more gentle, more
beautiful human being than Gordon Parks! This basic quality is what
made him a great artist...and explains why he is so inspiring.
March 08, 2006
thank you and may god bless you and
keep you.
March 08, 2006
May God Bless Mr. Parks family during this difficult time. Thank You Mr. Parks for all of your hard work and dedication. R.I.P.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks' legacy is one of truth and hope. The Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity at Fort Scott Community College, founded in 2004, will carry his legacy onward to new generations...just as each of us will have the opportunity to do by the way we live our lives.

Fort Scott's native son will be buried here, and the community will welcome him as we welcomed him in his earlier return. His poem, "Homecoming," is a gift of healing that he gave to himself, and to all of us-- Fort Scott and the world. May we all honor him and ourselves by heeding his words.

I feel deeply grateful to serve with the Center and profoundly blessed at having been able to sit in Gordon's presence-- to "see the world through his eyes" for a time. How wonderful that his work will allow us all to do so, for a very long time to come!

He will be missed...but his legacy will live on.

My prayers are with the Parks family.
Aeron Hicks
March 08, 2006
LEARNING OF THE PASSING OF MR.PARKS SADDENED MY HEART IN A MIGHTY WAY HE WILL SURELY BE MISSED HE WAS GREAT IN WAYS UNKNOWN.LOVE AND PEACE TO HIS FAMIY,MAY HE ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
March 08, 2006
A GIANT OF A MAN...SO TOTALLY TALENTED AND CAPABLE A LIFE. He truly contributed so much to the higher plane of all our lives. May God bless him as he moves into the next realm of another life!!!
March 08, 2006
I read a "Choice of Weapons" in the seventh grade. It was a wonderful book and it was at that point that I became a lifelong reader.

God Bless You.
March 08, 2006
My heart and prayers go out to the parks family in this difficult time.
May God continually bless and strengthen each one of you.

It is a privilege and truly an honor to live in this era of Mr. Gordon Parks’s accomplishments from the struggles and sacrifices of his dream.

May the legacy of Gordon Parks live forever, and the talent continues.

From the Morrison Family
March 08, 2006
To The Parks Family:
Every time I was in the presence of Gordon, I knew he was something "special". He was always so gracious, quick to smile and always caring. My late husband George and I could ask anything of him and he did his best to be accomodating. Gordan has proven to all of us that a day is to valuable to waste on misery and unhappiness and if we fill our time with joy, openness, peace and love, we put the universe on alert,we want more of the same.
God is smiling.
Respectfully,
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
I am saddened to hear that Gordon Parks has died. I read his book, "A Choice of Weapons" while attending college. I loved his photography. Mr. Parks made great contributions to our world and will be greatly missed.
March 08, 2006
GORDON'S SKILLS AND TALENTS WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY.

DR. CARRIE L. DUNSON
March 08, 2006
may god bless you and shall you always be in our hearts....


nikeya
March 08, 2006
HISTORICALLY GREAT MAN....A BRIGHT STAR HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE HEAVENS
March 08, 2006
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Parks. He will always be with me on my book shelf, and in my heart. A great man, who will be sadly missed. God Bless
March 08, 2006
Trully a great talent. He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace.
March 08, 2006
I truly, truly thank the lord almighty that I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon Parks in 1998 in Minneapolis, when there was a homecoming honoring him and "Half Past Autumn. I have a picture of him that I have in a frame. What this man accomplished. As a man, a black man forging ahead in a society where he was judged and denied opportunities because of his "blackness" but by sheer force of will, faith,imagination and determination, accomplished so much. He's gone only in the physical sense...he's ours forever. Thank you Gordon for your contributions to humanity.

"Who is the man, who would risk his neck for his brother man(and woman, and child)...PARKS!"

P.S. I implore all of you, if you really want to get an insight on this great man, read "A Choice of Weapons."
March 08, 2006
As a fan of Mr.Parks he is truly in every sense of the words Renaissance Man. He was photographer,poet,filmmaker,compose
r,and arranger. Most of all he was a wonderful human being who graced this earth with his talents. He would be sorely missed.
March 08, 2006
you will be truley missed Mr.Parks
thank your for sharing your vision!!

Ms.Tonie lowe & Family
Kansas City,Mo
March 08, 2006
Thank you Sir....you have been and will continue to be an inspiration to me.
March 08, 2006
Gone but never forgotten, see you when I get there!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 08, 2006
To the Family:
Thank you for sharing your father and grandfather with the world. He was one in a million. I remember going with my parents to the Miner Theater in Moran, Kansas to see the big debut of The Learning Tree. We lived a mile from the Bourbon Co line. I was in the fifth grade. Life magazine was always a staple at our house. His photography helped me a lot on my homework! I remember well how he changed many lives through his courage and determination. May you too have the courage and determination to go on at the loss of your daddy. God Bless You.
Betty Hyatt-Pierson
Emporia, Kansas
steakbuffet@yahoo.com
If I can, I will come to the funeral. Otherwise I will put flowers at the cemetery Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend edition of the Tribune will probably have your fathers' obituary and my parents' 6oth wedding anniversary. My father is dying and may not make it till the 21st. I know how you feel. I am sorry for your loss.
March 08, 2006
You were the reason and inspiration for my becoming a photographer. I have read you biography and seen many of your photographs. You are the mentor of many of African Americans like myself who, have come from humble beginnings and have found this creative outlet to help others see OUR world. I wish I could have met you during your life but you memory and work will be with us forever. May God Bless you and you family.

With Sincerest regards and respect.

Nash Mitchell
March 08, 2006
A great man. Our prayers are with his family.
March 08, 2006
I am so proud to be able to claim Gordon Parks as a native of Southeast Kansas. His life and works have been a source of inspiration to us all.
March 08, 2006
OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO MR. PARKS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY YOU BE COMFORTED BY GOD'S GRACE AND HIS TENDER MERCIES.
March 08, 2006
Gordon,
I will always treasure the moment when you and I walked out of the Old Mulbach Hotel in Kansas City, and a lady walked up to us on the way to Gates and said,"Gordon Parks and his son". We both received a big hug! Thanks for those wonderful two days!
March 08, 2006
MAY YOU FOREVER REST IN PEACE. PRAY OVER THE FAMILY IN THIER TIME OF NEED.
March 08, 2006
THANK YOU -- GOD BLESS YOUR SPIRIT MR. PARKS
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks you will be missed. Thank you for your dedication to ethnic and the impoverished in America, and abroad. God bless you for all that you did for people in general. I really love your photographs and will cherish your memory.

REST
Lucretia Howard
March 08, 2006
May your life and works continue to inspire us onward and upward. And may God's blessing of consolation be with the Parks' family.
March 08, 2006
My sympathy to the family.
Rest in peace, Mr. Parks.
March 08, 2006
Thanks for all the beautiful photos that hold up the walls of Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott,Kansas. I enjoy them everytime I go to the hospital. Great works have been done and will not be forgotten. Will be missed but remembered in our hearts. Missy Carriger Fort Scott Kansas ans Osawatomie, Kansas.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
Thank You, Gordon Parks, for graciously becoming an advisory board member of the Kansas Citizen for the Arts in 2001. You said to me that you loved your home state of Kansas, you loved the arts, and you knew advocacy for the arts was very important. Again thank you for your insight. You have left all Americans a gift of your magnificant work in many areas of the arts.
March 08, 2006
WE SHARE YOUR LOST. HE WAS TRULY
A GREAT PERSON, AND WILL GREATLY
BE REMEMBERED. I HAVE MANY OF HIS WORKS IN FILMS AND BOOKS*

HARRIET WHITE
CHARLOTTE MECK SCHOOLS
March 08, 2006
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Parks. He will always be with me on my book shelf.
A great man, who will be sadly missed. God Bless
March 08, 2006
You graced this earth with pure creative genius...pure beauty...always elegant...

REST IN PEACE.
March 08, 2006
In the early 70's I was young white girl in junior high when I read the autobiographical 'A Choice of Weapons' written by Mr. Parks. Since a great deal of the book takes place in the Twin Cities, I thought it was 'neat' because I lived not far from from some of the landmarks described in it. But it also opened my eyes to the greater world around me. To understand what the previous generation endured in the Great Depression if you were not rich or middle class to begin with. To realize that not everyone goes to bed with a roof over their head, that not everyone has the same chance at landing a job, that we can choose how we react to situations in our lives which seem beyond our control. That each of us have 'A Choice of Weapons'. Since that time I have long admired Mr. Parks.
March 08, 2006
I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mr. Parks some years back when I was a student @ Wichita State University and our museum displayed some of his work. Mr. Parks was a true pioneer and a great man who will never be forgotten.
March 08, 2006
When Gordon Parks was in Fort Scott to film "The Learning Tree", I was privileged to shake his hand and to get his autograph in my copy of the book. When he came to Fort Scott in the mid-eighties, I had the privilege of his signing my copy of his book "Shannon." I feel he was a great but humble man. As we all know, he made his mark in many fields of endeavor. Rest in piece, Mr. Parks.
March 08, 2006
Go with Peace, Mr. Parks. Your time here was extraordinarily well spent, and a shining example to all of humankind.

Regards,
Curt Schimmels
March 08, 2006
I read "The Learning Tree" in my early teens and was very impressed. Subsequently. I have enjoyed Gordon's photographs and exhibits.
He was a great, changemaking American.
March 08, 2006
A Real Legend for the history books.
March 08, 2006
I would like to express to the family of Mr Gordon Parks my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. Life sometimes seems so short and this is totally the opposite of the way that God planned for it to be. At least you can say about Mr Parks that he lived to be 93 and that he did something noteworthy with his life......which is more than most of us can say. Take courage in knowing that if you have days when you have a hard time understanding or coping with your loss that God knows and he is near to those who are broken at heart (Psalms34:18) and he will listen to you if you go to him. Also, his word, the Bible is an amazing source of comfort and encouragement for anything that you might be feeling. Strive to use these avenues whenever you need to and be strong because you are not alone and God loves you.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
I am an award-winning film maker who would not be anything close to that had it not been for the majestic Mr. Parks.

He will live on through his work and the work of all he influenced.

The angels now have a wonderful teahcer in their midst.

Tommy C.
March 08, 2006
To the Family:
Truly God will say to Mr. Gordon Parks, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." My prayers go out to your family during this time of sorrow.
March 08, 2006
You were ahead of your time a true pioneer and renaissance man. You'll always be remembered.
March 08, 2006
As a history student and as a history teacher I have learned alot from Mr. Parks. The world lost a great teacher and author.
Larita from Texas
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
To the Parks Family: We have admired Mr. Parks for most of our lives. He was an inspiration to us as African-Americans in the broadcast industries. He was a genuine American treasure and will be missed. God Bless you and may God keep you. Rest in Peace Gordon Parks.
March 08, 2006
Thank you so very much, Mr. Parks for your works of art. I greatly admired you.
March 08, 2006
I remember Mr. Parks' movie, "The Learning Tree." I was about 12 or 13 years old. I had read the book and absolutely loved it and, of course, had to see the movie. I was blessed to grow up during a time when our heroes were everywhere. They were rich in depth and spirit. And they reached out and shared with all of us -- not for monetary gain, but to keep us glued together as a people and as a nation. Gordon Parks was such a person. Throughout the years, I followed his work (who could ever forget "Shaft"), but nothing prepared me or affected me as much as "Half Past Autumn," the exhibit of his photographic genius which was displayed at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. Even though I purchased the book as gifts for my brothers who were unable to see the exhibit, nothing ... absolutely nothing ... could compare with actually being there in the midst of his work which showed the way Mr. Parks saw life all around him. He saw and captured beyond what we could have seen ourselves even if we had been in the same room with him at the time the photographs were being taken. It's like God gave him access to the subject's soul, and I believe with all my heart that that is exactly the gift God gave to him ... to be able to see beyond the surface and into the depths of their souls. Mr. Parks ... thank you so much for sharing the world with us. You were a gift from God.
March 08, 2006
Dear Mr. Parks,
In 1994 you helped a little eighth grade girl from West Bourbon Elementary in Uniontown, Kansas, create a video documentary about your life. You didn't have to take the time to call her at school to read "Kansas Land" over the phone so that she could record your beautiful voice, but you did; you didn't have to make a copy of your music from The Learning Tree and the Martin Ballet to a video cassette and send it to her to use on her video, but you did. You didn't have to invite her to your home and spend several hours out of your hectic schedule to meet her family and fellow National History Day students and teacher, but you did. You didn't have to spend time that special day teaching her priceless lessons only you could teach about photography, music and film making, but you did. You didn't have to remember her face and name over the years and greet her with a smile and warm embrace every time you saw her, but you did. We can never tell you how much you have meant to Joanna, our beautiful daughter and your biggest fan, and to all of our family, but we think that you already knew. We wanted you to stay with us for a little longer, but we are so happy that you will be at peace on your beloved Kansas prairie next to the mother and father you adored. We love you and will miss you. Toni and David, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
March 08, 2006
To the Parks family,
May his memories live in your hearts and minds. He was truly a great man and he contributed so much to the world and opened my eyes up to love my fellow man. May he rest in peace and love.
March 08, 2006
To the Parks Family, I would like to extend my thank, and graditude to Mr. Parks for his steadfastness, and contribution to our history. Ms. Geraldine Watts spoke so highly about her cousin, and always enlightened us on what Mr. Parks was doing, and where he was at that particular time. I am sure that he and his loving cousin will be reunited in glory. God bless the surviving family members.
March 08, 2006
My first exposure to Gordon Parks was through his movie/book, "The Learning Tree", which was shown as a special event at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, in my sophomore year. It made such an impact on me I'll never forget the movie or Mr. Parks. God bless you.
March 08, 2006
How great it has been to see his work, starting for me at least 30 years ago and most recently at a display at the St Louis Art Gallery.
March 08, 2006
As a fellow Kansan and Black American, Mr. Parks has been an inspiration and role model to me. Mr. Parks' influence and contributions, however, extends to ALL Americans. My condolences go out to the Parks family.
March 08, 2006
Thanks for the memories Gordon. The learning tree was one of the most inspirational movies of our time and thanks for all your work in uplifting the minority community.
March 08, 2006
To THE PARKS FAMILY:
MAY MR PARKS REST IN PEACE.THANKS FOR THE LEARNING TREE. WE WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN
March 08, 2006
Rest in peace, from a schoolmate in Fort Scott. Honored to have known you and your family all these years.
March 08, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SPIRIT AND WE PRAY THAT IT LIVES FOREVER
March 08, 2006
Great memories of Gordon's speech at Kansas City Art Institute commencement in 1984 when I was president. He was gracious in accepting Honorary Degree.
March 08, 2006
Thank you, Mr. Parks for sharing your talents with the world. Every time LEARNING TREE is shown, I get to witness your true talents over and over again. May God rest your soul. You are an inspiration to all.
March 08, 2006
GORDON THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH THE LEARNING FROM THE LEARNING TREE AND YOUR TERRIFIC MOVIES OF BLACK CULTURE

GOD BLESS YOU !
March 08, 2006
Thanks for the memories. I pray that GOD the Father, GOD the SON and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT will have mercy on your soul. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May GOD comfort, strengthen and keep you all.
March 08, 2006
Gordon Parks was an important discovery for me when I was in high school in Detroit. The Learning Tree was a definite learning experience for me. Thanks, Mr. Parks, for your inspiration!!!!
March 08, 2006
I remember meeting Mr. Parks when I lived in Wichita, Ks. He was in town for a book signing at an African-American bookstore on 13th Street, I believe, and my son and I stood in line with many other people to meet this wonderful man. My son was only nine at the time, but he remembers meeting Mr. Parks. I enjoyed his positive works when I was younger, his pictures in Life and his book and movie, the Learning Tree. I rejoice in remembering the great works he leaves behind. May God bless his family and legions of friends and those whose lives he touched and influenced around the world.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks' passing is the loss of another great man. Only so many of these come around in each generation. I would only hope I could come close to his goodness.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
Thanks for sharing a good life in pictures.
March 08, 2006
I am honored to have witnessed, in my lifetime, such a great man who accomplished many things. His legacy will live forever.
March 08, 2006
Thank You Mr.Parks For Opening The Way For Other Who Has And Will Follow In Your Path.Rest Now And Enjoy Your Reward For A Job Well Done.May Your Soul Find Joy,Happiness And Peace At The Close Of This Chapter Of Your Journey.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks was an unwavering inspiration. How blessed we have been to have been witness to his greatness.
March 08, 2006
i am so glad i got to meet you at the nelson. you have been my inspiration in photojournalism for 45 years.
March 08, 2006
You were our learning tree...! We will miss your photography!
March 08, 2006
You have been an insperation to us all.
March 08, 2006
What beautiful artwork! We read about him in English class. I'm, for once, glad to read a biography in class. Just kidding. Gordon Parks was an amazing man.
March 08, 2006
It is a sad day when the world looses such a great person, but i believe that Mr. Parks work will live on in the hearts of many.
March 08, 2006
you will be missed
March 08, 2006
It's very sad that it took so long for Fort Scott (and Kansas) to realize what a treasure Mr. Parks was. Unfortunately, we weren't taught too much about Mr. Parks in our history or social study classes in Fort Scott, and I don't remember anyone explaining that the director of "Shaft" was from our little community. It wasn't until I was in my 30s that I realized the photos I had enjoyed in Life magazine were Gordon Parks' photography. The world will be a little bit less without this tremendously talented and colorful person in our midst. I hope his life legacy will be what his mom told him..."You can be anything you want to be." Way to go Gordon Parks! Thank you for being you in my lifetime.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Park was a great man who showed the world through his eyes, and opened up many eyes along the way. He will truely be missed. God Bless you.
March 08, 2006
A great man for all ages. It's a great loss for us all.
March 08, 2006
Thank you for graciously agreeing in 2001 to be on the Advisory Board of the Kansas Citizens for the Arts. You spoke of your love of Kansas,your love of the Arts, and your belief as citizens we could make a difference in the lives of all people by advocating for the arts. You have done this all your life and we love you for it
March 08, 2006
My mother(Marguerite Buck) went to school with Mr. Parks. She was a great fan of his and proud of the recognition he brought to Fort Scott. She also told me that he filmed "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", but perhaps that was his son. We mourn the loss of this great talent.
March 08, 2006
Mr.Parks will be truly missed. He was a true pioneer of his time and brought truth to the world of life in America.
March 08, 2006
THANK YOU FOR THE LEARNING TREE OF LIFE
March 08, 2006
Well done! Rest In Peace!
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
I am a distant relative of Gordon Parks. Throughout my life, I have patterned my zest for living after his and left no stone unturned regarding the possibilities. Last month I celebrated my 50th birthday where we ate, we drank, and we were merry. Now that Gordon Parks is dead, we know why each day is precious. I will dedicate the latter half of my life to his memory and his legacy of hope. The world is a better place because he lived. I am thankful to God that he created Gordon Parks during my time. My condolences to my family, distant and near -- we share your grief. But weeping will only endure for a night, and there will be joy in the morning.
March 08, 2006
Rest In Peace, thank you for all your works.
March 08, 2006
You are my hero and my inspiration. I read your books, listened to your music, saw your films, and was touched by your photographs. I've drawn and painted your magnificent image many times and I am now in the proccess of completing a black and white oil painting of you.I just want you to know how much you meant to me. You will be a part of me forever.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
Being a White man married to a black woman when it was not acceptable, I turned to your insights and thoughts of such! Thanks to you, I saw past the ignorance of Human Nature and Lived life the way God intended all men and women of ANY color to be!
March 08, 2006
He was a gifted photographer and director. He will be missed.
March 08, 2006
You were an inspiration to all. Thank you.
March 08, 2006
A talented and wonderful artist. He will be remembered for all time and greatly missed. Peace and blessings to all who knew him.
March 08, 2006
THANKS MR PARKS FOR YOUR VISIONS, INSIGHT AND TALENTS OVERALL.
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

LEW TAYLOR
March 08, 2006
You will be greatly missed. Thank You for your spirit
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
May You Rest in Peace. Thank You for
the Learning Tree.
March 08, 2006
Gordon Parks was, and still is, a model for me in so many areas of my life. I stand on his shoulders, and my life is better because of his contributions to this society.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
I shared your Learning Tree, and found all of the fruits as tastes of wisdom.
March 08, 2006
I thank you for your introspective view of the black experience. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
March 08, 2006
Thanks for capturing and sharing the photos of African Americans in every light.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
Rest Peacefully!
March 08, 2006
To Mr. Parks Family,

My prayers are with you at this time. I hope and pray the Lord will continue to bless you. Mr. Parks is resting in peace and in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lived a full life and shared with the world the talent that the good Lord gave him. There will never be another Gordon Parks.

God Bless All Of You.
March 08, 2006
A pathfinder, and inspiration to all that despite all the obstacles that man and Satan place before us, that anyone can achieve greatness in His eyes. We are truly blessed by his works, and his legacy.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks inspired me deeply,and may God continue to bless his family.
March 08, 2006
May his soul rest in peace! I thank him for all the blessings and doors he opened for so many.
God bless the family.
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks was a very talented and
distinquised man. He will truly be
missed. Rest in peace.
March 08, 2006
The PARKS legacy will live on.Blessings!
March 08, 2006
Dear family of Gordon Parks:
Eternal rest granted upon him and may perpetual light shine upon him. He was a great film maker.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
I remember a traveling gallery Mr Parks had in the KSU Union in the late 70s. His work reminded me of the start of Lent when we are annointed "We are dust and to dust you shall return". His pictures cut to the core of humanity.

Such a great talent. Such a fine man.
March 08, 2006
A Beautiful Man. A Beautiful Legacy.
March 08, 2006
Thank you for the joy,rest in heavenly peace.
March 08, 2006
TO A GREAT LEGEND WHO PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY BLACKS, YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY YOUR LIFE ACHIEVEMENTS THAT TOUCHED THE WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
March 08, 2006
we love you and will miss you and thank you for your wonderous works you will greatly miss our prayers too your family
March 08, 2006
Gordon Parks is the GREATEST Black Kansan to ever live. It's a shame that my state does NOT do enough to glorify the likes of Gordon Parks, Hattie McDaniels and Langston Hughes. Mr.Parks was proof that if you remain true to yourself and your beliefs, no matter where you are from that you will definitely be rewarded. I am honored and privileged to be a Black man from the great state of Kansas, thanks to visionaries like Gordon Parks.
March 08, 2006
Thank you Mr. Parks for your unique vision and ceaseless efforts to bring that vision into reality.
March 08, 2006
March 08, 2006
Mr. Parks Much Respect for
a true Icon.
May your soul rest in Peace
March 08, 2006
i want to live like this man.
March 08, 2006
A true legend you are Mr. Parks.
March 08, 2006
Gordon Parks was simply pure genius, not only in his exploits with photography but also in just about anything that he touched including movie films. I believe that he was ahead of his time in terms of photographic style. He possesed a unique ability to capture and express subjects in a manner that made all of us think and reflect on heavy social issues which still impact America to this very day. He will truly be missed.
March 08, 2006
Seeing the world endlessly through the eyes of the visionist has been one of my greatest pleasures and indeed caused me to enjoy one of my life's pursuits. Thank you for your timeless experiences. The costs of your efforts are priceless. I am indebted to your efforts and motivated by your lead. May the eternal blessing be upon you.
March 08, 2006
Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted.
March 08, 2006
You have blessed us. You have enriched our lives. Although your body rests your spirit will live on.
March 07, 2006
Many are called and few chosen,Gorden Parks was chosen to
inspire other to be,and that is what living is,being that which will incite the mind to cause the body to act and react with vim and vigor to obtain those things which
we feel are unobtainable,and not always unto ourselves,but acheving greatness throught inspiring others
JOB WELL DONE........god bless
March 07, 2006
To the Parks Family: I am a 17 year old student at Prairie View High School near Fort Scott, Kansas. We recently finished a study on Gordon Parks and I must tell you what an inspiration his works were to me. Thank You
March 07, 2006
March 07, 2006
I'm just a hack with a camera, but I loved the way Gordon Parks could take you inside his mind and with his own eye show you the world. I spotted the master once at LaGuardia, and I was with my pretty California cousin. Parks' eyes lit up when he saw her, and I happened to have my camera with me. It wasn't the best picture I've ever taken, but in its own way, his arm around Cousin Barbara, this turned out to be my best photographic moment. If you want to see the work of a mature craftsman, check out "Half Past Autumn." Like Miles, like August Wilson, like Langston Hughes, and so many, many others, he never stopped moving; he never stopped seeking. Thank you so much, Mr. Parks. Thank you.
March 07, 2006
Mr. Parks photos and other works will live forever. My very best to his family.
March 07, 2006
Thank you Mr. Parks for making my education at KU a wonderful experience. To see all of the beauty that you brought to this world was something that I will never forget. Thank you for being so incredibly talented and sharing your work with the rest of us. It was a pleasure to meet you. This world has lost one of the best! May God Bless you. Thank you Mr. Parks
March 07, 2006
you were insightful and inspiring. thank you.
March 07, 2006
it always made me proud that mr parks was a fellow native kansan. as an african american it was especially important to me that someone who looked like me, and came from kansas could become a world renowed contributor to the human experience. it meant that for me i could do, go and become anything. who knew that i would have the honor of hearing mr parks give the commencement address when i graduated from wichita state. that is one of my most memorable moments in my life - seeing one of my heros in person. thank you mr gordon parks - you have inspired me to never stop achieving.
March 07, 2006
I loved seeing your photographs on the walls of Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott. I found them very moving and so truthful. Thank you for your views of our world. Welcome back home to Southeast Kansas.
March 07, 2006
From one Kansas native to another, thank you Mr. Parks.
March 07, 2006
Thank you Mr.Parks for your determination and your passion behind your work you work hard and it payed off.God kept you here for a reason take your wings and fly. Rest in peace my brother..(Texas)
March 07, 2006
March 07, 2006
Gordon's life and photographs have enriched the world and will stand as a legacy to his genius and compassion.
March 07, 2006
He was truly an inspiration to several generations through his gifts in photography, cinematography along with his vast talent with regard to the ability to tell a story. He will be missed as I was just reviewing his biography on imdb just a few weeks ago. I wanted to know what he was up to. I am happy he had a long full life, with much time to reflect and see many of the changes his work helped impact.

I recently watched a program with him, Mr. Ossie Davis and Mr. Melvin Van Pebbles, I was awed by the immense talent gathered on the small screen in my home. I re-learned many lessons taught years ago, to share with my young people and for that I thank these fine gentlemen. May God be with him as all the bad dreams are finally giving way to the sweet sounds of heavenly peace. My heartfelt sympathy to all of us, who have lost a great man and a gentle soul, who loved to tell stories through his craft. He has reunited with his son, Gordon Jr. finally and Mr. Ossie Davis and oh, the films they will collaborate on in heaven. Can't wait to see what they will accomplish up there.
The Nicoleau Family
March 07, 2006
I like to express my sympathy to the Parks family, Gordon Parks seem to have really lived, with so many wonderful accomplishments throughout his life, of 93 beautiful years young, Wild! may you continue to enjoy, his movies, poetry, writings etc. Cherish and share the memories and moments together with one another of all that he has done.

"Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming ,in which
all those in the memorial tomb, will here his voice and come out"

John 5:28,29
March 07, 2006
To one of the greastest photographers of all times peace and blessing on your journey to the most high.
March 07, 2006
We have all been so greatly enriched through your lens my brother. Your view of life and the world has forever given the our collective visions more color and depth of field. We love you and your marvelous works.

May you have eternal peace and love!
March 07, 2006
I always wondered who the man was behind those great photos you took!
What an amazing life and what amazing photos!

You were well-respected in your profession. I can only imagine the photos that you will be able to take now!

My sympathies to your family and my gratitude for your groundbreaking, beautiful contributions to photojournalism!
March 07, 2006
I'm a native form Fort Scott, Kansas and that is where Gordon Parks filmed "The Learning Tree" . Still at this time Fort Scott recognizes Gordon Parks as a true friend. He will be sadly missed What a Legend! Kathy
March 07, 2006
He was a great man who was a great photographer. He will be missed by everyone and we will keep him in our thoughts. I want to say that i my self am saddened by the lost but i kno he is in a better place.

Chris Key (15 yrs old)
March 07, 2006
I enjoyed your work in Life Mag.
March 07, 2006
To the Family of Gordon Parks


It’s God’s Will And We Must Comply
By: Charles G. Turner,

Life is uncertain,
But as sure as we are born one day we must die
Sometimes we sit and wonder why
The fact is it’s God’s will and we must comply.

Throughout our lives we live through happiness and sadness
And many toils and strife
And when our earthly life is over we enter into our “eternal life”

Whenever a loved one or friend makes their earthly depart
It is natural for it to bring hurt and sorrow to our heart
And to deal with our loss we grieve, mourn, and cry
In all essence we must remember this is God’s will and we all must comply

For those of us that are left behind
We must cherish the special memories
And keep them all in mind
Just remember it is not for us to question why we have to die
It’s God’s will and we all have to comply

May God Bless and comfort all of you
March 07, 2006
" In the presence of Allah (G-d), the soul shall find rest" Holy Qur'an. May Allah forever be pleased with your good works brother Gordon. We, who follow the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and Min. Louis Farrakhan , will forever thank Allah for all you have done for the Nation of Islam.
March 07, 2006
Mr. Parks paved the way for so many. He inspired all to find that passion within and to explore to the fullest extent. Never say you can't
March 07, 2006
Job well done. May we continue the work with your blessings.
March 07, 2006
Mr. Parks is the epitome of grace, determination, and commitment to the Black community. His creativity and genious will be missed. May God bless us all.
March 07, 2006
" THANK YOU. "
March 07, 2006
the black community has suffered great losses in the last six months alone. the joy in it? what a life you all lead and the lessons that you have left behind for us to follow.
may the God of all things Bless you with His presence.
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