Making It: Stars Who Were Once Homeless
Being the youngest of fifteen children, Parks knew first hand what poverty looked and felt like. When his mother died, the situation went from bad to worse and at sixteen he found himself homeless, scraping and scrounging trying to make money. His experiences with poverty and racism were the catalysts that caused the artist to buy a camera in the first place. He felt that he could use it as a weapon against these societal forces. Turns out he was right.