Black Lives Matter: Black Contributions in the Apparel, Fashion, and Textile Industries

New Manuscript Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

The tragic murder of George Floyd, Summer 2020 has caused a global recognition of the importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) – . The Black Lives Matter movement was “founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.” As stated on the BLM website, “By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.” Black individuals have provided unrecognized and undocumented imagination and innovation within the apparel, fashion, and textile industries.

The contributions of Blacks to the global apparel, fashion, and textile industries are vast, profound, and multifaceted. These contributions can be addressed from an array of scholarly methods. Contributors are challenged to unearth new information, relay untold stories, provide new perspectives to demonstrate that Black Lives Matter in the disciplines of apparel, fashion, and textiles.

Topics for this focused issue may examine (but are not limited to) any of the following, in relation to Black individuals, Black lives, and Black culture in the apparel, fashion, and textile industries:

• Historical contributions

• Social and economic impacts of contributions

• Critical analysis of the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and nationality

• The interconnections of historical, social, and economic implications

• Current conversations about appearance in relation to expression and oppression

Please contact the Guest Editors if you have any questions:

Eulanda A. Sanders (, Iowa State University

Samii Kennedy Benson (, Southern University

Denise L. Caleb (, Talent Plus, Inc.

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ)

Due date:  03/31/2021

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