Martin Luther King Jr.: The Fashion Icon Of The 1960s

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The 1960s are an important part of our history. From fashion trends, to the Civil Rights movement, the Feminist’s movement, the rise of televisions, changes in leisure and recreations trends, to even assassinations. The 1960s was a time full of change and great impact for not just the US but the world.
Fashion dominated this era as people tried to emulate their fashion icons. The main fashion icon of the early 60s was Jackie Kennedy, the “First Lady”. Her style of tailored dresses and the wearing of jackets were very popular. Women everywhere were trying to copy her style. Unfortunately, with the death of her husband, John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States at the time, she slowly began to fade away from the public eye. After fading, fashion started trending away from the tailored dresses that she had inspired and moved to a more “playful” and colorful look (Debbie, 2014). Colors became brighter and the style of dress turned into a more relaxed look. For men, pullovers were extremely popular and so were cardigans. For work, men tended to wear suits. Suits that had plaid patterns were in style. Plain, bold colors were the
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This time though it was of a prominent civil rights leader. The leader I am talking about is none other than, Martin Luther King Jr. On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr was killed by a gunshot while he was at his hotel in Memphis Tennessee. He had just lead a peaceful march just the day prior. Martin Luther King Jr protested the unfair treatment of races. Leading blacks and whites, he was able to make a huge impact on the civil rights movement and helped inspire change. With him and other people who shared his values, they helped make the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which guaranteed equal employment for all and ensure public facilities were integrated, a reality (History.com 2009). He wasn’t done there. He continued his work unto the day of his
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