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February 21, 2018

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13th annual Crowns Tea returns to the library

Crowns TeaNorman Public Library Central welcomes the community to a Black History Month celebration, its 13th annual Crowns Tea, on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the library.

There will be two seatings for the Tea, at 1:30 and 3 p.m., each taking place in the library’s Lowry Room.

The Crowns Tea has become a tradition at Norman’s downtown library. The event regularly draws about 400 participants – mostly women, although a few men do find their way in – for fellowship and a celebration of the church hat among women in the African-American community.

The Crowns Tea is based on the photo essay “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” which celebrates the tradition of the church hat. Guests are welcome to wear their Sunday best and the library always is filled with dozens of colorful hats.

This year’s event will feature food, entertainment and a chance to pose for photographs.

Black History Month has been celebrated since 1970, with its origins going back to 1926 and Negro History Week, which first was proposed by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Free tickets for the Crowns Tea may be picked up while they last at the Information Services desk inside Norman Central.

The Crowns Tea is made possible thanks to a grant from the Norman Arts Council and support from the Friends of the Norman Libraries.