Launch Book Tour For Freedom's Dance


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Freedom's Dance: Social, Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans (LSU Press) - narrative by Karen Celestan with photographs by Eric Waters - is a new book that details all aspects of the Second Line parade tradition as presented by benevolent and social clubs. This tradition dates back to the earliest days of African life in New Orleans and is an integral part of the city's distinctive culture.

The book is scheduled to be released in February 2018 and both Celestan and Waters live outside of New Orleans. This campaign is being launched to assist with travel costs tied to the book tour for Celestan, Waters and selected SAPC members with a small brass band to demonstrate the vibrancy of a Second Line in selected cities. This is an academic work being published by an academic press, meaning funds are not provided for the promotional tour. The co-authors are responsible for all travel costs and they intend to support the culture-bearers, who are all working-class people, so they may also join the tour.

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Launch Book Tour For Freedom's Dance

Karen Celestan, CEO on behalf of

Mosaic Literary LLC

Please help us spread the word about "Freedom's Dance," a new book about a distinctive and lively African-American culture. Funds are needed ASAP for our book tour's travel expenses. All donations are welcome. Let's Second Line in NOLA and beyond!

Karen Celestan

Karen Celestan, MFA is a writer and editor with several titles to her credit. She is an executive writer and editor in University Advancement and an adjunct professor of English at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. She CEO of Mosaic Literary LL

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    Tondrae Kemp

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    Much success to you guys!! Looks amazing!!

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    Steve Morrison

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    Very excited for you, Karen! Hope the book tour is a huge success. My best to Eric W!

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    Linetta Gilbert

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    So excited to hear about the book tour! I saw Eric for a few minutes at the Fats Domino second line. All the best!!!

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    Floyd Williams

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    Cousin Karen, I'm excited for you! I will try to add more before the deadline.

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    How can I help but be proud of a hard working, insightful, and thoughtful friend who writes? We must support each other.

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