Raleigh Little Theatre presents their production of Crowns, a musical play about the beautiful hats worn by ladies in the church (learn more: http://raleighlittletheatre.or
They are currently running a promotion that includes a contest for women or their loved ones to show off their “crowns” and explain what their church hat means to them. The winners of the contest (entered by submitting a photo of the participant with their hat, and an essay of up to 500 words about what the church hat represents) receive a photo in the RLT lobby, a gift card, and tickets to the opening night of the show!
Deadline to enter is THIS Sunday, July 30 at 11 p.m. Contest is limited to residents of the greater Triangle area of North Carolina.
Email submissions to crowns@raleighlittletheatre
“Countless black women would rather attend church naked than hatless. For these women, a church hat, flamboyant as it may be, is no mere fashion accessory; it’s a cherished African-American custom, one observed with boundless passion by black women of various religious denominations. A woman’s hat speaks long before its wearer utters a word. It’s what Deirdre Guion calls “hattitude … there’s a little more strut in your carriage when you wear a nice hat. There’s something special about you.” If a hat says a lot about a person, it says even more about a people – the customs they observe, the symbols they prize, and the fashions they fancy.”
– excerpt from “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” a book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry