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!

Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant

Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant - Image:AP

Mr. Toots Shor was a restaurateur and owner of the legendary Old New York restaurant “Toots Shor’s Restaurant”.  Mr. Shor kept close friends such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and just about every important celebrity from the 1940’s-1950’s.  Mr. Sintara even mentions Toot Shor’s Restaurant in his duet with Sammy Davis Jr., “My Shadow and Me”.  Check out some of the great paraphanelia and images below.

Toot's Menu

Toot's Menu - Image: http://www.tipsontables.com

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Matchbook signed by Mr. Shor - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

Matchbook signed by Mr. Frank Sinatra - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

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Toots all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

Mr. Shor is all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

There’s some great footage of Toots and the restaurant in the clip below: