Today in History: In 1989 Gordon Parks’ Film the Learning Tree, was Registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

Gordon Parks

With his film adaptation of his autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree in 1969, Parks became Hollywood’s first major black director.

Parks also wrote the screenplay and composed the musical score for the film.

It joins other films such as Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft.

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