Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Relationship between Clothing, Race and Politics

Richard Thomas Ford on Clothing and Race

Stanford University law Professor Richard Thompson Ford discussed the connection between race and how people dress in the United States. He explained laws relating to dress codes and how clothing was used during the civil rights movement.

Description

Stanford University law Professor Richard Thompson Ford discussed the connection between race and clothing in the United States. He explained laws relating to dress codes and how clothing was used during the civil rights movement.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Richard Thompson Ford mean when he says that “status is communicated through clothing”?
  • How did early laws relate to clothing and dress? What do you think the purpose of this was?
  • Why did leaders in the civil rights movement dress in their “Sunday best”?
  • How did newer generations of civil rights leaders change their approach to clothing? How did this reflect changes in the movement?
  • How does clothing and fashion relate to race and politics?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Aesthetic
    • Beret
    • Black Panthers
    • Bourgeois
    • Civil Rights
    • Dress Code
    • Fashion
    • Negro Acts Of 1740
    • Racial Hierarchy
    • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
    • Subordinate
    • “sunday Best”

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity