Things change all the time, and most of the time, that’s a good thing as we move toward a more enlightened future.
Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker, a 94-year-old woman, is a great example of how society has changed for the better. In 1952, she was told she couldn’t wear a traditional wedding dress, which had been her dream for as long as she could remember. Now, she could wear a traditional wedding dress, which had been her dream for as long as she could remember.
In the 1950s, Tucker was among many black people hurt by racial segregation laws. She lived in Alabama, which did not let Black people into bridal shops at the time.
I speak for all of us when I say that we should thank God for all the changes we’ve seen in the last 50 years.
Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker, who was married in 1952, always wanted to wear a wedding dress. But at the time Black women weren’t allowed in bridal shops.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 10, 2021
On July 3 this year, Tucker’s granddaughter, Angela Strozier, surprised her grandmother with a wedding dress fitting (2021).
The next day, Angela posted their sad story on her Facebook page, and it wasn’t surprising that many people found it both sad and happy to read.
Angela told Insider that she and her grandmother were watching the movie “Coming to America” when her grandmother leaned over and whispered something in her ear.
Tucker told her granddaughter, “I’ve always wanted to try on a wedding dress. When I got married, I didn’t have one.”
Angela kept talking: “At that time, the Jim Crow law was real and in full colour, and segregation was the way of life. So, since she was a black American, she couldn’t go to places where white people hung out.
Tucker married her late husband, Lehman Tucker Sr., without a traditional wedding dress. Instead, she wore a navy blue dress known as a “Carmen Jones” dress.
Tucker also had to ask the white woman whose house she worked at in 1952 to buy her that dress.
Angela decided to do something after hearing about her grandmother’s sad story. A few days after the news broke, Angela surprised her with a wedding dress fitting at David’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama, where a make-up artist gave her a new look.
“I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered who that was,” Tucker told ABC. “Yes, I was really happy! I felt great! I told ya, it felt just like I was getting married!”
Angela said that her grandmother was “overwhelmed with happiness” when she got to try on the dress. She was reportedly drawn to the dress in the picture above, which has a low V-neck and embellished waistline.
Angela said, “She has always given from her heart, even if it cost her something.” “So giving her a gift from my heart was the best thing in the world.”
Tucker was the mother of four children, the grandmother of eleven, and the great-grandmother of eighteen. She took part in the famous fight for civil rights. Her work lasted through 11 presidential administrations, starting when Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
Angela made a joke about her grandmother’s dress-fitting after everyone said nice things about it. “Now she’s asking, ‘Do you think Oprah will call me?'” I said, “No, Grandma, I don’t think so.”
Wow! I can’t believe how much these stories warm my heart! I don’t know about you, but we could all use good news like this to balance out the bad news that seems everywhere.
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