Martha Trucker always dreamed of wearing a classic white dress on her wedding day. But when she was getting married in 1952, she was prevented from entering a bridal shop because of her race.
As a black woman in Birmingham, Alabama, she was forbidden to try on the dress of her dreams: an embroidered white dress with a lace top and long sleeves. Back then, "I wasn't even thinking about buying a wedding dress because I knew I couldn't go into the store," said Trucker, now 94.
There were no black bridal shops . . .