Enrichment Assimilation, part 1

A 1923 advertisement from America’s premier African American newspaper, the Chicago Defender. The caption reads, “Pride in Our Race demands that we look Light, Bright and Attractive.” Members of various 1960s movements rejected this direction of acculturation, most prominently with the much-reproduced phrase, “Black is Beautiful,” and by some African Americans growing natural “Afro” hairstyles in deliberate rejection of chemical straightening treatments that imitated “white” hairstyles. (Wikimedia Commons image).

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Will Sarvis

Will Sarvis

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Author of Embracing Philanthropic Environmentalism and other books.