Your hair is able to speak volumes about who you are in a non-verbal fashion. Being a fan of rock music may mean to a fan shaving off all their hair, or dying it a plethora of colours, breaking away from “tradition”.
Whereas if you are a fan of Indie or Folk music you may decide to grow your hair as long as possible, abstaining from scissors.
The correlation between both is that by parties would argue they are unique and special, but isn’t the desire to be unique and special all part of societies plan to create unity? Incidentally all those that share the same commonalities group together to make up echelons and or Diasporas of society. So in that respect how different is anybody really? Like sheep we all muster together to be seen and heard. And that is precisely why Angela Davis and others lived their life in an afro, because as black people we were not seen and seldom heard, it wasn’t about fashion or pop culture like it is today, (thank you very much Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and all the other hair drones) no it was about making a statement that caused attention/offense, whether intentionally or unintentionally-I couldn’t tell you.
When I say the name “Angela Davis” it would only be those that are interested in the political movements of African-Americans in the 1960’s that could recall who this lady is, and the part she played during this time. Born January 26, 1944, Davis big afro became synonymous with her political activities. Being that the “afro” was envisioned as the signature style, demonstrating that you were resisting the oppression in an oppressive time, opting out of using chemicals, and embracing your hair in its natural state. Just the use of an afro comb was necessary, nothing else. Showing to the world that a great deal of “black power” resided in the ability to be unconformable (having an afro) in an uncivil time.
The inherent racism in America in the 1960s caused a vacuum that black people were unwillingly sucked into and ideally gotten rid of. But there were a few who resisted and Davis was one.