Photographer, documentarian, and community organizer, Joshua Parks, is the Digital Programs and Community Engagement Specialist at the International African American Museum. Though Joshua was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, his family history is deeply rooted in the Lowcountry, where he is a direct descendant of Sol Legare Island, a historic Gullah-Geechee sea island community. He is a graduate of Howard University and is completing his Masters degree in History at the College of Charleston. Trained as a public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, he specializes in social, political, and cultural histories of the African Diaspora.
Joshua has been a community organizer since 2015 and was instrumental in founding several local community-led projects and is involved in multiple national and international organizations which support mutual aid and community empowerment initiatives. He is a former secondary school educator who taught at both the middle and high school levels.
Some of Joshua’s interests and hobbies include collecting vinyl records, film photography, and traveling.