The Original Renaissance man is one of his many titles.
The achievements of Gordon Parks alone, proves that any vision can become a reality if you take advantage of an opportunity, work hard and believe in yourself.
From birth, Parks went against all odds.
He came into this world as a fighter, still born and pronounced dead with no heartbeat. Parks was laid aside to be buried, a shocking technique that included putting his body in ice-cold water brought him back to life. And from then on, the legend continued to make his mark by reaching major milestones and going where others were afraid to explore.
Before his death he became an internationally-renowned photographer, filmmaker, poet, novelist and a composer. Parks was the co-founder of Essence magazine; he even wrote a ballet and dedicated it to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.