Event Celebrates the History and the Beauty of the Head Wrap

img_2926The Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture at Dillard University recently partnered with the Olaju Group to present “From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head Tie” at the McKenna Museum of African-American Art.

Scores of New Orleanians attended the event—many with their heads beautifully wrapped.

The event included a panel discussion on topics related to the exoticism of head wraps and a Tignon-tying demonstration by aficionado Barbara Trevigne, all anchored by a photo exhibition exploring the history of head wraps worn by women of color as a means of cultural reclamation.

New Orleans Kidney Action Day

Kidney Action Day is coming to New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Woldenberg Park and features free health screenings, community resources, live entertainment and family fun.

Kidney Action Day is free and open to the public. There will also be healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations and activities for children.

Because of rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, Blacks and African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure. Kidney Action Day is presented by the American Kidney Fund, and sponsored by US Renal Care, American Renal Associates and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals ARD.

Louisiana Creole Research Association Presents Its 12th Annual Conference

The Louisiana Creole Research Association will hold its 12th annual conference in Oct. 20-24, with events that include a museum tour, a jazz brunch and a plantation tour.

The theme of the 2016 conference is Enduring Legacy: The Role of Louisiana’s People of Color in the Pursuit of Equality in America.

The centerpiece of the conference will be the program Saturday, Oct. 22 in the auditorium of the administration building at Xavier University. The conference program will include exhibits, vendors and panel discussions that will feature noted historians, writers, researchers and community leaders.

To join the LCR, for more information or to register for the conference, go to www.lacreole.org or call 504-296-7184.

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