‘Black Is Beautiful’: Better Than ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Ricky and Whitney Parker’s Black Is Beautiful billboard in Richmond, Virginia.
Ricky and Whitney Parker’s Black Is Beautiful billboard in Richmond, Virginia. (Courtesy Ricky Parker)

Before “Black Lives Matter” was “Black Is Beautiful,” a cultural movement of the 1960s and ’70s. This nostalgic phrase sent a critical message at the time. Today, it has some advantages over “Black Lives Matter” in supporting the push for racial equity.

Roots

Black Is Beautiful was joined at the hip with the Civil Rights movement. It sprang…