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Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America
Feb 2, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm| Free
Quincy T. Mills presents a sweeping, engaging history of an iconic cultural establishment, black-owned barber shops, which serve as important gathering places for African American men to talk freely. Black barbers played a significant though complicated role in twentieth-century racial politics: while the services of shaving and grooming were instrumental in the creation of socially acceptable black masculinity, barbering permitted the financial independence to maintain public spaces that fostered civil rights politics.
Held at the Central Library’s Dweck Center