Button, "Black is Beautiful," circa 1970

Summary

Continued frustration with discrimination and slow economic gains in the mid- to late-1960s convinced many African Americans to take action to empower themselves. This "Black is Beautiful" slogan encouraged African Americans to embrace black-defined culture and beauty, rather than letting white society dictate social and physical norms.

Continued frustration with discrimination and slow economic gains in the mid- to late-1960s convinced many African Americans to take action to empower themselves. This "Black is Beautiful" slogan encouraged African Americans to embrace black-defined culture and beauty, rather than letting white society dictate social and physical norms.

Artifact

Button (Information artifact)

Date Made

circa 1970

Subject Date

circa 1970

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2004.84.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Donated by Laura A. Young in Memory of Kathryn Emerson-Buntin.

Material

Metal
Plastic laminate

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.25 in

Inscriptions

front of button: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

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