The folksong, “Follow the Drinking Gourd” was said to have been used to signify the Underground Railroad, a route and means of escape for enslaved African Americans out of bondage. “The Drinking Gourd” is a euphemism for the “Big Dipper” constellation (or asterism) including the North Star, leading escaped enslaved folks to freedom in the North, mainly to Canada.
We encourage our community to find freedom in the great outdoors and pay homage to our ancestors who braved the wilderness/unknown in the hopes of liberation.
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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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