“The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans” is a Candid Look at the Complex Black and Mardi Gras Indian cultures of New Orleans

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Published January 2, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Clarence Williams Jr., an African-American man born and raised in the Seventh Ward, a Downtown New Orleans neighborhood, has completed his new book “The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans”: a colorful and candid tale highlighting racial inequality in New Orleans in 1968. Touching on the heroin epidemic decimating the city, Henderson Brooks, the chief of the Downtown Warriors, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe that parades every Mardi Gras Day, grows in ways he couldn’t have imagined and is able to meet all challenges when his priorities and allegiances are tested as he works to complete the perfect costume to mark the 50th anniversary of the Downtown Warriors.

According to Williams, “African-Americans have been masquerading as Indians during Mardi Gras for over 100 years, yet this elaborate and colorful display is unknown to most Americans. One of (my) key motivations in writing this story is to bring new awareness and respect to New Orleans’s Black culture.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Clarence Williams Jr.’s riveting tale shines a light on both the challenges and complex beauty of Black culture in 1968 New Orleans.

Readers who wish to experience this vibrant work can purchase“The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Kobo, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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