This brief post is about an unexpected coincidence.
I just heard from my friend, David Parks, a photographer and filmmaker who is the son of the legendary photographer, writer, filmmaker, and composer Gordon Parks. David sent me a link to a video that showcases photos that he made when he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. (See below.) The photos appeared in his book, G.I. Diary, which I read last summer. David's words and images present a blunt, powerful account of his experiences as as an African-American soldier. It should be required reading in history classes. The video captures some of the book's drama, (The elder Parks' music supplies the soundtrack.)
The coincidence? It turns out that that I'm giving a talk this afternoon about Gordon Parks and the American Dream at Lynchburg College. If you somehow happen to be in Virginia and want to come, please do. The talk starts at 4:30 and is open to the public. More information is here.