“Show Up and Show Out” at our events season finale!

Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

13680551_942909742497686_4056158596665808009_nOn Thursday, October 27, we will, as the Baby Dolls say, “show up and show out” at our events season finale! Please join us at the McKenna Museum of African American Art (2003 Carondelet) from 6:00-9:00 pm to celebrate a truly remarkable year of literacy, volunteering, and pretty, pretty Baby Dolls. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Mardi Gras costumes, and our special guest judges will award a prize for best costume of the night! Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, author of our 2016 selection “The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition” will join us to sign books, and guests will be treated to a Mardi Gras inspired menu.
The event will now be held at Le Musee de f.p.c (2336 Esplanade). Le Musee de f.p.c. seeks to tell the story of free people of color in Louisiana, who were “locked by law into a marginal existence.” Despite this marginalization, “their undeniable achievements and vibrant culture serve to rewrite the conventional narrative of the history of New Orleans.”

These statements readily apply to the Baby Dolls, whose achievements and vibrant culture also challenge the conventional narrative of our city’s history. Our 2016 selection, “The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition,” teaches us that masking as a Baby Doll was a way to combat marginalization. Not content to be dismissed due to their race and gender, the Baby Dolls took center stage, becoming powerful voices in their community. Today’s Baby Dolls carry on that tradition and speak out about issues close to their hearts.

We are excited to partner with our parent organization, the Young Leadership Council (YLC) on this event, which will double as the YLC Annual Meeting. At 6:30pm, guests will hear opening remarks from Stephanie Powell, Executive Director of the YLC. Immediately afterward, Callais Waring, YLC President, will swear in the YLC’s 2017 Board of Directors. All voting members of the YLC are strongly encouraged to attend.

This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Join us for what promises to be a fun, funky, and fabulous night!