Civil Rights Style

August 1, 2009

Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of old images from the civil rights movement of the 1950’s – 1960’s. I’m obsessed with how stylish everyone was. Below are some of my favorites.

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A sartorial savvy Martin Luther King Jr. in this 1956 photograph with fellow civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. I love Dr. King's flecked blazer and skinny tie.

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Nine students who were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. I love the dresses and glasses on the ladies and the gentlemen look great in their white oxford.

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Dr. King and Coretta Scott King dressed to the nines! Coretta Scott King's feather hat is incredible!

Protesting in style - Alabama 1965 - The hats, suits, and ties are great!

March in Alabama 1965 - The hats, suits, and ties are great!

Sammy Davis Jr. and Roy Wilkins at the 1963 march in Washington D.C.

Sammy Davis Jr. and Roy Wilkins at the 1963 march in Washington D.C.

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Writer James Baldwin with Charlton Heston and Marlon Brando at the 1963 March. These Gents look amazing in their sack suits.

Bayard Rustin in a great skinny with AWESOME black rim specs

Bayard Rustin in a great skinny knit tie with amazing black rim specs

Malcolm X - 1964; great skinny tie and tie clip!

Malcolm X - 1964; great skinny tie and tie clip. I also love the horn rim frames

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Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston at the 1963 march looking great in sack suits and white oxford. The pocket squares are a great touch.

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Amazing style! I just love the sack suits and hats.

Jackie Robinson at the 1963 March on Washington

Jackie Robinson at the 1963 March on Washington

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I love that EVERYONE was in a suit and tie!

John Hope Franklin protesting in style!

John Hope Franklin protesting in a suit and tie

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy meeting with civil rights leaders at the White House - June 21'st 1963. More great sack suits!

3 Responses to “Civil Rights Style”

  1. Julia said

    In case you hadn’t heard…

    http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/415/emory_douglas_black_panther

    Fantastic Civil War/Black Panther images at the New Museum, curated by none other than Sam Durant. Worth the admission fee.

  2. Julia said

    ps. that comment kind of looks like spam. it’s not. i like art. and fashion. and manhattan. (not in any particular order)

  3. […] the mid-’50s and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. King was often photographed in a wide-brimmed light grey fedora with a black band. The hat had a center dent crown, and it looks similar to the Stetson Pinnacle and the Stetson […]

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