African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
ISBN: 9781578593231

What successful photographer became an author and composer, notably writing the score to the 1971 movie Shaft?

  • He became interested in photography while working for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
  • He became renowned in the 1940s as a staff photographer for Life magazine, a career that eventually led him to Hollywood.
  • He is the author of The Learning Tree (1963), Born Black (1971), and Voices in the Mirror (1991), among other works.
  • Also the director of Shaft, he directed and wrote scores for Shaft's Big Score (1972), The Super Cops (1974), and Leadbelly (1976).

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