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Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Ethelene Whitmire


The first African American to head a branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL), Regina Andrews led an extraordinary life. Allied with W. E. B. Du Bois, she fought for promotion and equal pay against entrenched sexism and racism. Andrews also played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance, supporting writers and intellectuals with dedicated workspace at her 135th Street Branch Library. After hours she cohosted a legendary salon that drew the likes of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Her work as an actress and playwright helped establish the Harlem Experimental Theater. This new biography ... More

Keywords: African American, New York Public Library, Regina Andrews, sexism, racism, Harlem Renaissance, actress, playwright, Harlem Experimental Theater, activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038501
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethelene Whitmire, author
University of Wisconisn-Madison