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Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian$
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Ethelene Whitmire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038501

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038501.001.0001

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Harlem Renaissance Women and 580 St. Nicholas Avenue

Harlem Renaissance Women and 580 St. Nicholas Avenue

(p.32) 3. Harlem Renaissance Women and 580 St. Nicholas Avenue
Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Ethelene Whitmire

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at how Regina became part of the Harlem Renaissance upon her arrival in New York City. Events collided to put Regina at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement marked by increased literary, musical, and artistic creativity by African American artists who wanted to challenge the prevailing stereotypical representation of their image. Writers and artists came from all over the United States to participate. In Los Angeles, writer Wallace Thurman encouraged fellow post-office worker Arna Bontemps to go to Harlem. Opportunity editor Charles S. Johnson encouraged Zora Neale Hurston to move to New York City. All of these great thinkers, writers, and artists would pass through the 135th Street Branch, where Regina was assigned.

Keywords:   Regina Andrews, Harlem Renaissance, New York City, African American artists, stereotypical representation, Wallace Thurman, Arna Bontemps, Charles S. Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston

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