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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Curator
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I Am The Master Of My Fate. I Am The Captain Of My Soul.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1941
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Curator
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I Am The Master Of My Fate. I Am The Captain Of My Soul.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1941
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Art curator, collector, professor and author, Daniel Texidor Parker was born on January 6, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago during the post-World War II period. His mother, Annie Lee Parker, sparked Parker’s interest in art by taking him to thrift shops, where she would purchase and restore various heirlooms. Parker attended DuSable High School. There, he took classes with Margaret Burroughs. A co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Burroughs was Parker’s high school art teacher. He credits her for demonstrating how African art is an extension of African culture, and African peoples across the Diaspora. Parker received his B.A. degree in education from what is now Chicago State University in 1964. He later received his M.A. degree in psychology from Roosevelt University in 1967.

Prior to becoming known for his collection and knowledge of African art, Parker worked as a counselor and educator in both the Chicago Public School and Chicago City College systems for 35 years. In 1989, Parker received a Distinguished Professor award from the board of the Chicago City College system for his work at Olive-Harvey College. Parker was also an advocate for African American teachers, professors and professionals in both systems. He retired from Olive-Harvey College in 2000.

Throughout his life, Parker maintained his passion for African art, collecting a priceless treasure of works, both from abroad and locally. Among the artists featured in his more than 400 piece collection include African American artists Debra Hand, Dale Washington, Andre Guichard, Makeba Kedem-DuBose and Anna T. Brown, and pieces hailing from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal. In 2003, Parker co-founded Diasporal Rhythms, a consortium of Chicago area art collectors dedicated toward the promotion of contemporary artists, notably from Chicago’s South Side. In 2004, Parker offered a more in-depth look into his own collection and the broader legacy and history of black art, with the publication of his book, African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond. Parker and his longtime partner, Chicago artist Mark Livingston, also began to open Parker’s Hyde Park home to visitors interested in viewing the collection. Parker’s collection has also been shown at Chicago area art museums, and he has become a well-sought expert on African and African American art, recently helping Chicago Bear Charles Tillman develop his own budding collection. Mark Livingston died in 2007.

Parker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2009.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his maternal family's migration to the North
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about his father's ethnic background, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers how his parents met
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his father's cooking and occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about Chicago public housing developments, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls his early musical interests
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls seeing the film 'West Side Story'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his early drawings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his high school art teacher, Margaret Burroughs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his early artistic interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about early representations of Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers the DuSable Panthers basketball team of 1954
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls his high school interests and activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his graduation from Dusable High School in Chicago, Illinois
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about his teenage experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls attending Woodrow Wilson Junior College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers changing his major from architecture to education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls graduating from Chicago Teachers College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his early teaching experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls his desire to study Spanish in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers his experiences in Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls his role as guidance counselor of Spry Upper Grade Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about leaving Spry Upper Grade Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers being hired at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his counseling experiences at Olive-Harvey College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his counseling experiences at Olive-Harvey College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers the arts scene of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about the Black Studies Conference at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers psychologist Bobby E. Wright
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls the start of his art collection, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about collectors of African art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls the start of his art collection, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes characteristics of African art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Daniel Texidor Parker explains his interest in Yoruba art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Daniel Texidor Parker considers the existence of an African aesthetic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about his African art collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes his friend, Mark Livingston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Daniel Texidor Parker recalls the development of his book, 'African Art'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Daniel Texidor Parker talks about the African diaspora
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Daniel Texidor Parker describes the art collective Diasporal Rhythms
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Daniel Texidor Parker remembers a fire at his home
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Daniel Texidor Parker reflects upon his life, legacy and family
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  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Daniel Texidor Parker narrates his photographs