Tie-dyed T-shirt reading Black Lives MatterUWindsor student Rebecca Haddad was inspired by the civil rights era in her design for “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts.

T-shirt project shows student’s support for racial justice

UWindsor student Rebecca Haddad has found a creative way to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Inspired by the social activism of the 1960s and ’70s, the English major has been selling T-shirts featuring the “Black Lives Matter” motto in a groovy font over an iconic rainbow swirl tie-dye pattern and donating the net proceeds to BLM organizations.

I really enjoyed working on this project and I’m glad that I was able to contribute in my own small way to the cause for racial justice,” says Haddad. “I also hope the symbolism of these shirts doesn’t get lost on people. On a visual level it’s a kind of revival of all the revolutionary energy of that time, with the civil rights movement, for example.”

Haddad still has T-shirts to sell and has just started making hand-printed Black Lives Matter tote bags. They sell for $15 each with free delivery in Windsor. All net proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, Campaign Zero, and the Black Legal Action Centre.

Along with her BLM campaign, Haddad has also been creating tie-dye socks to benefit the Lebanese Red Cross in response to the explosion in Beirut.

To support her cause, contact her through her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.haddad.165.

Bridget Heuvel