Black Students at Pretoria High School for Girls were thrusted unto the global stage when they protested their Schools racist hair policies.
The issue gained even more momentum when black students at a second school in South Africa, Lawson Brown High, raised their voice in protest for similar discriminatory hair rules.
After intervention from South Africa's Education Minister, Pretoria High has now suspended its rules and the bravery of the girls who decided to stand up and speak out is undeniable.
From calls that Afro hair and hairstyles are unprofessional, how do we combat the racist narrative about and around Afro hair. The constant berating of those who choose to wear weaves and the festishisation of those who choose to wear natural hair.
Young black women are leading the fight against racism from America to South Africa, how do we make sure they are recognised for their work in advancing the poltical struggle against racism.
Lekia Lée - Project Embrace
Siana Bangura - Poet and Author
Seyi Newell - TRiBE
About Sassy Tees
SASSY TEES IS A BRAND DEDICATED TO HONOURING THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM, PEACE AND JUSTICE, AGAINST RACISM AND COLONIAL STRUGGLE
Inspired by the people who have lead and contributed to political struggle.
We are also inspired by music and popular culture of which Black people have contributed immensely.
We started with custom tees as a way to express ones politics and or identity.
However we have since added tote bags and other forms of clothing to the collection. Most notably our wax print head wraps.
Whilst clothing alone is not a substitute for the work, it is a great way to celebrate and make a bold political statement, to represent and start conversations.
We understand how popular culture and politics has a huge impact and influences our lives. We want to bring these two things together with the hope of engaging new people in political action.
We work with other community based organisations such as Kilombo UK, Afrocanist Magazine, No Fly on The WALL & TRiBE.