Marin City, California. March 2015.
Dresses handmade in Africa. I appreciate this mother’s connection to her roots, through typical clothing found in certain parts of Africa.
Mother and daughter.
It’s special that her daughter is learning about her cultural traditions because of her mother’s effort. Fashion can be SO deep and meaningful, all while being fun.
Marin City is a historic African-American community in Marin County. I’ve been hanging out there and feel majorly at home -it’s such a warm neighborhood. Apparently, In the early 2000’s, Marin City experienced attention for its crime, and unfortunately many people have held on to those beliefs. It’s always such a shame to me, when a local community judges another local area. It happens in Miami, and I was lucky enough to experience working in neighborhoods, some people wouldn’t drive through – all out of fear. I gained so much – friends, good food and new experiences.
Marin City is pretty famous. It all started because Jack Kerouac lived in Marin City and Mill Valley, and makes mention to this in his famed book, On The Road – referring to them as “Mill City”. Additionally, Tupac Shakur lived in Marin City and went to the local high school here – in at least a couple of his rhymes, Tupac mentions being surrounded by rich kids who couldn’t relate to his struggles – and how frustrating that was for a young kid.
Most kids from Marin City are certainly not economically advantaged, yet they attend high school in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States. Apparently, community activists are trying to get kids from both communities to come together at school. I get it, it’s more comfortable to be “safe” and not go outside your comfort zone – but once you do it, it changes your life for the better. At least for me, that’s always been the case.