[Blackstudies-l] Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville "The Baby Dolls of New Orleans" Lecture Wednesday 13 March, 7 p.m. Doty Recital Hall

Beth McCoy mccoy at geneseo.edu
Mon Mar 4 09:51:03 EST 2019

Please join us Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m. Doty Recital Hall for “The Baby Dolls of New Orleans,” a lecture by Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Hidden from the tourists who view parades on New Orleans' main streets, the Baby Doll maskers started as friends and neighbors who dressed up to entertain neighborhoods on Mardi Gras day during the Jim Crow era. Through their songs and dances that parodied and satirized social customs, they gained notoriety to eventually became an expected part of African American Mardi Gras. As one of the first women's street masking groups in the United States, the Baby Dolls today continue their practice as a living art form.  

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Learning. Facebook Event Page <https://www.facebook.com/events/2269495846654982/>

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