Sunday, May 12, 2013

High couture & social protest

This photo is of Mariea Wooding, a Knoxville College activist being carted out of a civil rights protest at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville in May 1963. If we could see her feet she’s probably wearing high heels too.

That was another era not only in protest but in couture. A few years later, protestors dressed for combat, not a party or for church. Nowadays, the wise protestor shows up in battle gear, gas mask, & combat boots.

The one thing that hasn’t changed a whit is youthful defiance; the cop is carting her out & she’s still chanting.

(Photo by KNS Archive/News Sentinel Archive)

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