Diary of A Harlem Family

Gordon Parks, New York, 1967

Extract from A Diary of a Harlem Family, Gordon Parks, 1968. Courtesy, The Gordon Parks Foundation. 


"I too am American. America is me. It gave me the only life I know – so I must share in its survival. Look at me. Listen to me. Try to understand my struggle against your racism. There is yet a chance for us to live in peace, beneath these restless skies."

Gordon’s series on the Fontenelles was shot in November 1967, and published in LIFE Magazine in March 1968. Of the over 100 images that Parks took of the family, just 25 would be published.