The New Negro Movement is typically seen as a Harlem-based project. Dr. Treva Lindsey
’s important book, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C.
(University of Illinois Press, 2017), however, challenges the centrality of Harlem to the movement. Dr. Lindsey considers how important institutions like Howard University were pivotal centers where Black women fought against gender oppression and institutional restrictions. Washington D.C., simultaneously, was emerging as an essential space for Black women artists to develop their talents in ways also seen in Harlem. Ultimately, Dr. Lindsey centers Washington D.C. as just as important a cultural center to the New Negro Movement as Harlem.
Adam McNeil is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Delaware.