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Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Tanisha Ford


This book explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism. From the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a powerful tool of resistance. Whether using stiletto heels as weapons to protect against police attacks or incorporating African-themed designs into everyday wear, these fashion-forward women celebrated their identit ... More

Keywords: soul style, fashion, beauty, African diaspora, Black Power, black freedom movement, apartheid, black feminist movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469625157
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanisha Ford, author