This year, Macy’s, the Gordon Parks Foundation and American Black Film Festival celebrate the 100th birthday of American icon, Gordon Parks.  Many in-store activities and events are being hosted at several Macy’s around the country during the month of February.  There are events that are appropriate for everyone in the family, from children’s art/literacy projects to panel discussions for older family members.  Macy’s wants your family to share a piece of Black History and learn a little more about an American icon, Mr. Gordon Parks.

I had the opportunity to attend one of the first events to kick off the Macy’s Black History month celebration at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City.  It was a celebration of the 100th birthday of Gordon parks and a panel discussion about how his work has inspired many successful actors, directors and other blacks in the film industry.  The panel was filled with well-known African-American actors, Malik Yoba, Malinda Williams, Omari Hardwick and one director, Kenny Leon, who have been in the film industry for many years.  This event also brought out many young people who are aspiring actors trying to find their place in the industry.  The panel discussion was inspirational and moving.  At one point Malik Yoba walked into the audience and directly spoke with a young man who is an aspiring actor.  He gave him words of encouragement and even gave him a lesson in preparedness by putting him on the spot and asking him to showcase his talent.  It was wonderful to see such a mix in the audience of young and older people.  It shows just how much the American icon means to us and how his hard work is still inspiring and lifting us today.

Don’t hesitate to participate in a Macy’s Black History Month celebration at a store near you.  You may walk out truly inspired and more knowledgeable about a true American icon.  How does your family celebrate black history month?  Will you be attending any Black History Month events in our city?  For more information on events at Macy’s, visit the Macy’s Event Page.

~Monica J ~

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Here are a few pics of our panel, some of the evening entertainment and yummy pastry treats from American Airlines.

Macy’s Herald Square in NYC currently is showcasing a Gordon Parks gallery on the 8th floor of some of his most memorable work.

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