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

Monday, Nov. 23rd at The Depot, The Humanities Research Center, African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the School of the Arts presents “Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul”.  The event will begin at 4:00pm, admission is free and all are welcome.

2015.11.23 HRCSpeaker and Author, Tanisha Ford, will be discussing her book that 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. Focusing on the emergence of the “soul style” movement—represented in clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, and more—Liberated Threads shows that black women’s fashion choices became galvanizing symbols of gender and political liberation. Drawing from an eclectic archive, Ford offers a new way of studying how black style and Soul Power moved beyond national boundaries, sparking a global fashion phenomenon. Following celebrities, models, college students, and everyday women as they moved through fashion boutiques, beauty salons, and record stores, Ford narrates the fascinating intertwining histories of Black Freedom and fashion.

If you have any questions please contact Richard Godbeer.