Nicolás Rolando Gabaldón was an early surfer who is credited by surfing experts with being California's first documented surfer of African-American and Latino descent at a time when many beaches were segregated and opportunities for minorities more limited than today. Since he did not own a vehicle, Gabaldón would often use his surfboard to paddle the 12 miles to Malibu by way of Santa Monica Bay.
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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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