VIDEO: Woman, 94, wears wedding dress for the first time as black people weren’t allowed to buy dresses in 50s US

Martha Mai Tucker poses for a photograph.

Mostafa Al Zoubi, Gulf Today

A US woman, Martha Mai Tucker, aged 94, fulfilled her dream of wearing a wedding dress after 69 years of marriage, as she could not wear it when marrying in 1952.

Angela Strozieh, Tucker’s granddaughter, surprised her grandmother with a wedding dress after Tucker told her apartheid laws in Alabama in the 1950s prevented her and other black-skinned women from entering wedding stores.

Tucker said, “I always wanted to have a wedding dress, but I could not because I am black and not allowed to enter the white places to buy a dress.”

The granddaughter said that Tucker was a mother of four and grandmother of 29 and that she was an activist in the fight for civil rights.

Martha Mai Tucker with family and officials.

She added that Tucker became a rehabilitation worker in 1963 in Birmingham City.

Tucker also worked for 11 political administrations starting with President Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president of the United States.