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Gordon Parks was one of the greatest photographers of our time. A truly creative spirit, he was also a musician, poet, novelist, activist and film director. His body of work was stunning and ran the gamut from fashion to poverty. Gordon was the first black staff photographer at Life magazine in the 1940s and the first African-American to direct a major studio film, "The Learning Tree."

Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer for LIFE magazine. A visual artist who captured the trials and joys of African Americans…He was the FIRST major African American director and is responsible for the ‘Learning Tree’ & the blaxploitation film ‘Shaft’…

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Willa Beatrice Brown, the first black woman to receive a commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol. She trained Air Force pilots during in the 1940s.

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Gordon Parks