Saturday, March 24, 2012

History of Black Women/Cameron Women and Hats

My mother Ruby Cameron-Coleman Loves her hats, she is on her way to Church
about 2006
Who knew that a Bible commandment could come in so many colors? When the Apostle Paul declared that women must cover their heads during worship (1 Corinthians 11:15), African American women took his decree, attached feathers and bows to it, and turned it into something beautiful.
My aunt Ruth Cameron Turner with her grandson Marcus
About 1990
For many African-American women, looking your best from head to toe is important when going to church, and the hat is one of the most crucial features. The act of covering your head during worship has its roots in scripture. Since, it has become a tradition for many women who want to show respect to God while adding some pizzaz to their presence.
My aunt Ruth Cameron-Turner on the right greeting then senator Barack Obama
in 2008 when he gave a speech to her church congregation
It is imperative for many African-American women to look their grandest when going before God. Today, it is most often the older women who dress elaborately on Sunday mornings.

My mother without the Hat and her youngest sister
Annie Bell Cameron-Washington at funeral service
for their sister Ruth Cameron-Turner
For many of these women and their ancestors, dressing up for church was one of the few opportunities they had to remove domestic aprons and house dresses. These drab garments were replaced by bright colors, fancy shoes and elaborate hats that would stand out in a crowd. Style and sophistication would rule the day.

My mother and her sister Ruth Cameron-Turner in 1999

1 comment:

  1. Nothing completes an outfit better than a hat. Your mother and aunts wear their hats well.