Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Women's History Month Sale

The University of Illinois Press has several women's biographies e-books on sale for just $2.99 for March's Women's History Month including Regina Andrews' biography.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Radio Interview

Tonight I had my first radio interview. It was a lot of fun!

"Conversations Of A Sistah" Kicks Off "Woman's History Month!"

A Talk at the Local Library

Last month I gave a talk at the Central Library of the Madison (WI) Public Library. I was so glad to see (left to right) Farrah McDaniel, a current Master's student; a former student Janetta Pegues (and currently the manager of a branch library), me, and a Doctoral student, Tammy Mays, come out to support me.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

An award

Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (University of Illinois Press) was just awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Regina's niece Lorelei Simms--Brother Maurice Anderson's daughter

Regina's niece Lorelei Simms died recently. Her funeral is Friday, February 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. I had the opportunity to meet and interview her about Regina, her husband Bill, and Regina's parents several years ago. She said that Regina use to send her books to read--of course. It was such a pleasure to meet her and her three surviving children, Regina, Angelina, Anthony and the late Cynthia's son and grandchild and cousins, etc., etc. She will be missed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library

"This photo was taken at the newly reopened Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library on Sept 30, 2014.  The book being presented to Librarian Vianela Rivas is the newly published biography of Regina Anderson Andrews, the first African-American supervising librarian in the NYPL by Ethelene Whitmire of the University of Wisconsin. Mrs Andrews was a leader in the Harlem Renaissance and after coming to Washington Heights in 1940 was particularly famed for her Family Nights which brought such luminaries as Langston Hughes, and several Ambassadors from newly independent African nations to our uptown community.

Presenting the book are Evelyn Neal and Priscilla Bassett, both members of the Morris-Jumel Neighborhood Association. Priscilla worked as a children's room assistant in 1951-52 during Mrs Andrews' tenure (and returned as Children's Room Librarian in 1982). The library, one of the Carnegie Branches designed by Carriere and Hastings lies within the Historic District.

Mrs Andrews' story of forty-four years in the NYPL along with her observer's status at the United Nations makes for a fascinating recognition of her groundbreaking, but overlooked, life, her triumphs against racism and sexism, and her enrichment of our community." (email from Priscilla Bassett, October 2, 2014.)