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Aziz Discusses Origins of Self-Care Industry in Black Power Movement

Aziz Discusses Origins of Self-Care Industry in Black Power Movement

Dr. Maryam Aziz

Maryam Aziz, Richards Center and Africana Research Center postdoctoral Fellow in African American history, recently discussed the origins of the contemporary self-care industry in an interview with Teen Vogue magazine. Dr. Aziz noted that women in the Black Power movement popularized self-care techniques like good nutrition, movement exercises (such as yoga and martial arts), and meditation as important means of self-care during the Civil Rights movement. Their emphasis on preserving physical and mental wellness has profoundly influenced today's multi-billion dollar self-care industry. You can read Aziz's interview here.