Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Liberated ThreadsBlack Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tanisha Ford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625157

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625157.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 31 March 2020

SNCC’s Soul Sisters

SNCC’s Soul Sisters

Respectability and the Style Politics of the Civil Rights Movement

Chapter:
(p.67) 3 SNCC’s Soul Sisters
Source:
Liberated Threads
Author(s):

Tanisha C. Ford

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625157.003.0004

This chapter discusses the importance of dress for student activists in the first half of the black student movement in the early 1960s. It explores how and why women activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) abandoned their “Sunday best” attire for denim overalls and jeans. Interviews with SNCC field secretaries reveal that in the early 1960s, they stopped wearing dresses in large part because such attire was not practical on the front lines. But by 1964, they were also doing it to forge political ties with the sharecroppers they were helping to organize and as a way to reject middle-class notions of feminine propriety. Their clothing choices helped spark protests against conservative campus dress codes, ushering in the popularity of “street fashion” on campus.

Keywords:   Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), civil rights movement, denim, politics of respectability, student movement, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Joyce Ladner, Anne Moody, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .