New Clothing Line Honors Black Intellectuals by Giving Them Their Own Fictional Colleges


One clothing company is honoring a few of black history’s greats by giving them their own fictional universities modeled after their works.

Philadelphia Printworks, an activism and inclusion-driven screen printing company founded by Maryam Pugh in 2011, has created a line of six crewnecks depicting the names of imaginary colleges modeled after each figure’s respective craft or field. Named School of Thought, the line pays respect to, among others, Marcus Garvey’s economic philosophy with the Garvey Industrial Institution and George Washington Carver’s scientific research with Carver Agricultural University.

“We want to try to use these names to invoke some of the topics, some of the frame of minds and hopefully kind of put a pin in those names for people to see and understand for those who know and those who don’t,” School of Thought designer Donte Neal told The Huffington Post.

Along with Garvey and Carver, the line honors Ida B. Wells, James Baldwin, Harriet Tubman and Audre Lorde. Neal and Pugh said the hardest part of designing the line was narrowing down the “schools” to a few black intellectuals, as they wanted to make sure they covered multiple areas of study.

“What we wanted to do was to imagine a future in a different world where these universities and schools and institutions actually exist,” Pugh said. “It kind of allowed those imagined institutions as a place where they follow the curriculum and the ideas, morals and values of the names of the people that we chose on the sweaters.”

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SOURCE: Taryn Finley
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