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Cover Story Throwback: Thomas La Puppet

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In the 1960s, the relationship between mainstream and marginal cultures was shaped by mutual borrowing and rejection. The 1960s was a time when identities and ideologies seemed to be in a state of constant flux. Material culture of the era, such as ads, and magazine articles, reflected these changes during this culture shift of the 1960s.

Black Belt Magazine was one of the most progressive publishers of its time, featuring in the 1968 August edition karate master and champion Thomas La Puppet, who was the first black man to grace the cover of Black Belt Magazine.

Learn more about this cover and the entire magazine preserved in digital format. 

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