As we glide through yet another black history month, it causes me to reflect on my races accomplishments and contributions to the society I live in today. Our past has built my future, creating the opportunities, style, and self confidence that I possess today. Style has always set the tone of our environment. One style in particular that played a key role into black pride and is still relevant today is the good Ol’ Afro.
The Afro became a powerful political symbol in the 60’s and was the antithesis of the Euro-American standard of beauty. Black people were now creating their own standard with the fro’, as it reflected the pride that we had in our African Ancestry.
Political campaigns like The Civil Right Moment became the catalyst for blacks to embrace who we were naturally. We not only had entertainers that looked like us, but the voice of our community like Angela Davis and Jessie Jackson did too, and they looked good doing it! We were no longer trying to assimilate, but instead endorsing the phrase “black is beautiful” with freshly shaped fro’s, and a black power fist pic to match! While we may never think a simple hairstyle could do so much, we must remember the power symbols posses.
Let your style whatever it maybe, exude the pride and love you have for yourself and your race. You never know, it just may spur the next movement that changes history and creates a new future.
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