Announced today (March 28) The Gordon Parks Foundation will host its annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrating Gordon Parks’s legacy and those continuing his commitment to advancing social justice on Tuesday, May 23rd at Cipriani 42nd St.
According to the press release, this year’s gala will honor scholar and activist Angela Y. Davis, artist Amy Sherald, businesswoman and philanthropist Clara Wu Tsai, author and producer Crystal R. McCrary, and businessman and community leader Raymond McGuire. Additionally, the Foundation will welcome Kate Clark Harris, daughter of Dr. Kenneth Clark and Dr. Mamie Clark, groundbreaking psychologists who developed the “doll test” experiments, which were photographed by Parks for Ebony in 1947.
The honorees will be introduced by Pulitzer-prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, screenwriter and producer Mara Brock Akil, artist Rashid Johnson, and the Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden. The evening will also fete the recently announced 2023 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellows – artists Jammie Holmes and José Parlá and art historian and Howard University. Famed DJ and producer D-Nice will close the night with a special set for all those gathered.
The gala, which brings together changemakers across film, music, the visual arts, business, and philanthropy, will include a live auction of Gordon Parks’s photographs. The evening is co-chaired by Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean; Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault; Tonya and Spike Lee; Judy and Leonard Lauder; and Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased on the Gordon Parks Foundation website, or by contacting Buckley Hall Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-579-1000.
*Gordon Parks photo cred. Toni Parks.