Award Winning Multicultural Doll Collection
Soul Touch Doll Artistry
Surviving on the streets of St. Paul and navigating on a path toward promise, with road blocks of poverty and prejudice. My commitment to him before his passing, was to protect, preserve and promote his legacy. I did it while he was living with hundreds of St. Paul youth, and now I’m very focused on connecting with other like minded, hearted and spirited folks who “get” the power of infusing Uncle Gordon’s journey in lives of our young people and in society.
During my last visit with him, he expressed his concern about the destiny of Black boys, were they any better off than he was as a young Black man…
I’ve got some life transformation stories, in fact the pitch I gave Uncle Gordon about the doing the HBO doc was that his life was a blue print for youth to claim victory over their challenges and tragedies. I so desire to walk with others who love him and can embrace a vision to place life affirming weapons in their hands. I can’t express how honored I am to be so well prepared and positioned to do this passion work. I’m so filled up, I’m on fire about the potential of it all.
I’m blessed to have walked so closely with my great-uncle, legendary photographer, filmmaker, author, composer and social advocate Gordon Parks, to have shared laughter and tears about family, folks, work and life. He was my mentor since childhood, not only influencing what I do for a living, but how I do it. I knew the essence of him, which desired so deeply to heal and inspire hope.
This Parks movement proposes to continue the work of nurturing of youth through curriculum based instruction and mentorship, erecting a Parks statue in downtown St. Paul and in celebrating the spirit and impact of his life. In partnership with Parks’ legacy efforts in Kansas and New York, I share with many local supporters that St. Paul become a premier destination for experiencing Parks and by exposing, engaging and empowering generations, who can/will walk in his footsteps.
-Robin Patricia Hickman