Today marks the commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We celebrate by paying homage to the times and fashion that reflected African and African American style.
The culture of the Civil Rights movement meant having to be bold, to be extravagant all the while protecting yourself from harm and racism. The timeframe between 1955 to the late 1970s found two worlds, the mainstream and the “minority,” colliding in a clash that would reverberate around the globe.
Individuals such as John Lewis, Rosa Parks, James Meredith, and even collectives like The Little Rock Nine and The Black Panther Party all had a part to play in helping the disenfranchised earn their inalienable rights from a country only willing to champion segregationist policies.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we pay special attention and homage to the evolution of epic Black style. From its movements within the streets to the pop charts, these fashionable touchstones came courtesy of men and women who exemplified boldness and extravagance to which the fashion industry continues to drawn inspiration from today.
Here, we begin our memorable fashion moment with a salute to those trippy 1960s…
While Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis were walking to fight for African and African American’s civil rights, the brothers and sister around the country were getting rid of the conk, in favor of the Afro.