"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."
In the face of all that is happening in the world, sometimes fashion is seen as frivolous. Hermes is selling t-shirts for the cost of college tuition. We spend wastefully on fast fashion, while many of the retail workers we buy them, can't sustain on the minimum wage they make. But aside from the high prices and perceived wastefulness of the business behind fashion, clothing itself can be used to express one's identity and involvement in one an organization or group. As an element of my personal style, I often purchase and wear items based on what they represent and not based on trends or seasons.
Last Saturday I attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And I used this event as an opportunity to use fashion to express my identity and group involvement. My Howard Alumni shirt shows that I have received a degree from an institution steeped in civil rights history. My Africa earrings shows that I am a proud member of the African diaspora. My Ankara fabric bag shows I support black business and the African fashion industry. But more importantly, my presence at the march show that I believe in America and justice and freedom for all.
"And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring [...] Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring."
Martin Luther King, Jr.