We’d like to take a moment to pay homage to Nella Larsen…
Encouraged by Ernestine Rose; Nella Larsen broke color barriers when she became the first black woman to graduate from NYPL Library School. As a library volunteer she helped launch the first exhibit of Negro Art by utilizing the Seward Park Branch Library as a gallery space. As a librarian she helped launch Poetry Readings, Lectures, and Book Discussions held at the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library; which attracted emerging poets, including Langston Hughes.
Nella Larsen’s admiration for Negro Art, Literary Works, and Culture led her to publish two novels; QUICKSAND and PASSING. Her literary works put her in the midst of a new literary movement which became known as the Harlem Renaissance. However; we salute her unsung service to the Public Library System and her efforts with Ernestine Rose and Regina Anderson to create an exciting literary environment at the library. Those efforts plus funding from the Carnegie Foundation became the cornerstones in which the Harlem Renaissance was built.
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