Last night I received a Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Nonfiction. I was unable to attend but my cousin Kevin Whitmire was there to accept the award on my behalf. I am very proud but more glad for the opportunity for more people to learn about Regina Andrews' story.
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.
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.
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.