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Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats 
 
  
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Hardcover 
212 pages 
Doubleday 
Published 2000 
  
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African American Women and Their Church Hats: 
  
 
  
"Our crowns have already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear them."  
  
-James Baldwin 
  
 
  
 
  
"We just know inside that we're queens. And these are the crowns we wear." 
  
-Felecia McMillan, journalist 
  
 
  
"Listen, never touch my hat! Admire it from a distance. Those are the hat queen rules, honey." 
  
-Peggy Knox, child care provider 
  
 
  
"You can flirt with a fan in your hand. You can flirt holding a cigarette, too. But a woman can really flirt with a hat."  
  
-Dolores Foster, real estate agent (retired) 
  
 
  
"My husband said, 'You don't need another hat. You don't have but one head.'" 
  
-Dorothy Wynecroff, middle school teacher (retired)  
  
 
  
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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... read more  
  
 
  
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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.  
  
 
  
Photographer Michael Cunningham beautifully captures the self-expressions of women of all ages-from young glamorous women to serene but stylish grandmothers. Award-winning journalist Craig Marberry provides an intimate look at the women and their lives. Together they've captured a captivating custom, this wearing of church hats, a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.
 
  
 
 
  
 
  
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