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Yes, Elvis was a hip-swivelling musical icon but he was also a pioneer of progressive race relations

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The King: Elvis Presley’s reach broke down barriers

The King: Elvis Presley’s reach broke down barriers

The King: Elvis Presley’s reach broke down barriers

If diversity is one of the key progressive themes of our age, then it’s probable that one of the pioneers of this idea is an unexpected one: Elvis Presley.

What? “Elvis the Pelvis”, whose hip-swivelling and gyrating were condemned by the New York Times as “unfit for family viewing”? Elvis, the rockabilly from Tupelo, Mississippi, with his sideburns and rhinestone costumes?


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