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The Carlos Lezama Archives

and Caribbean Cultural Center

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Painting by: David Moore

Depicts Carlos Lezama and partners posing in front of Washington and Atlantic avenue in Brooklyn the original parade route of the West Indian Day Parade

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FOR ME.

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- Carlos Lezama

ABOUT CARLOS LEZAMA

Carlos Lezama was born on Sept 3, 1923 and grew up on the island of Trinidad, where he learned to play the melodious tenor steel-pan -- first fashioned by hammering dents into the lids of oil drums left by ships that had refueled in Trinidad. 

THE MISSION OF CLACC-C

Our mission is devoted to the development, promotion and preservation of Caribbean culture and history through the collection of archives and Art memorabilia. CLACC-C functions as a learning and resource center. It provides historical, social, and cultural information on the diverse dimensions of Caribbean life.  

Virtual Reading of Jaidyn & the King of the Brooklyn Carnival

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 7

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Jaidyn Cultural Warrior Teaser

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CULTURAL WARRIOR

CHILDREN’S BOOK

Jaidyn and the King of the Brooklyn Carnival is a historical story that captures Carlos Lezama's journey from a child's perspective. The featured illustrations by renowned artist David Moore displays the cultural influences that inspired him in becoming the 'King of the Brooklyn Carnival.' Carlos fought for what he believed in hence the name 'Cultural Warrior'. It tells the story of how one man, new to a culture, valiantly fought for what matters most..and here we are today in 2019 still celebrating the bravado of carnival and family. His dedication to his culture greatly impacted the Caribbean American community. 

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