Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

Apr 16, 2013

Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

by Emily Wax

Adjusting her cupcake-size replica of a Mikimoto gold-and-pearl crown and gliding through a downtown Washington hotel lobby in her white sash, Taylor Barfield offers her business card with a knowing grin: “First African-American United States Cherry Blossom Queen,” it reads. “Sorry if I’m groggy ...