Rosa Parks was nationally recognized as the “mother of the modern-day civil rights movement” in the United States. Mrs. Parks was born Rosa McCauley on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Rosa became an active member of the Montgomery NAACP where she served as youth director and later as the secretary. She also participated in the organization’s voter registration drives and led a national campaign against sexual assaults on black women. Parks became an advocate of desegregation and took pride in being a member of the national organization that won the Brown vs. Board of Education court case. Most famously, her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a bus in 1955 triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott and a network of organized demonstrations in solidarity.
In 1987, she co-founded The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development’s “Pathways to Freedom” program, which traced the underground railroad into the civil rights movement and beyond. Youth met with national leaders and participated in educational/historical research throughout the world, journeying primarily by bus as “Freedom Riders” did in the 1960′s.
This design is our way of honoring Ms. Parks vast legacy and role in the civil rights movement. By creating a fictitious institution, we reimagine the ways in which our heroes are honored and celebrated.
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The “Freedom Summer” collection focuses on the nostalgia of past Summer activities used by African Americans as a tactic of subversion and self-care. It is a call to action to re-engage in these activities during the current climate of political unrest. It is also a commemoration of these activities. The name of the collection is a reference to the 1964 voter registration drive of the same name.
Reclaim BLK is a collaborative project between BLK MKT Vintage and Philadelphia Printworks which launched in 2018. The collaboration utilizes African American cultural iconography to reimagine the narratives of historical events, artifacts, spaces and communities that have been forgotten, lost and devalued while celebrating the multitudinous legacies of black culture.
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